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Ratings: Bet’s ‘The Game’ Ends Nine-Year Run With Season Highs

6 August 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sitcom “The Game,” the rare scripted series to have aired original episodes on three different networks, ended its lengthy run Wednesday night on Bet with season-high ratings.

Nielsen estimates that the hourlong finale of the comedy created by Mara Brock Akil averaged a 0.74 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.769 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour — week-to-week gains of 7% in the demo and 23% in total viewers. It was cable’s No. 1 original program for the night in all key female demos and ranked No. 2 (behind MTV’s “Catfish”) among all originals in adults 18-34 (0.68).

“The Game” was a spinoff of the long-running comedy “Girlfriends,” which debuted on Upn in 2000 before moving over to CW in 2006. It aired for three seasons on CW but was canceled in the spring of 2009 after averaging 1.8 million viewers on Friday nights.

See more: Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil Ink Overall Deal with Warner Bros.

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- Rick Kissell

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Salim and Mara Brock Akil Sign Deal With Warner Bros. TV

6 August 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Husband-and-wife team Salim and Mara Brock Akil have signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV. The Akils' partnership with the studio will take effect in May 2016, upon which Brock Akil will go from showrunning to executive consulting on "Being Mary Jane," the critically acclaimed series she created. Starring Gabrielle Union, "Being Mary Jane" is Bet's #1 show and the cable network's first foray into hour-long scripted fare. A new showrunner for "Mary Jane" has yet to be named. Brock Akil also created "The Game" on Bet and "Girlfriends" on Upn/CW. She also directed the features "Sparkle" and "Jumping the Broom." [via Variety]

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- Inkoo Kang

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Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil Ink Overall Deal with Warner Bros. TV

5 August 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil have signed a multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros. TV through their Akil Productions banner, Variety has learned. The new pact begins in May 2016.

When the Warner Bros. deal kicks off, Brock Akil will transition from showrunner of Bet’s “Being Mary Jane” to exec consultant.

The husband-and-wife producing team have had an overall deal with Bet since May 2011. The cable net is behind “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game,” both of which Brock Akil created. The pair exec produce both series.

Being Mary Jane,” which stars Gabrielle Union, is the network’s No. 1 show and launched scripted programming at Bet, as the net’s first one-hour scripted show. A new showrunner for the series has not been named.

Prior to “Mary Jane” and “Game,” Brock Akil created “Girlfriends,” which ran on the then-upn, followed by the CW. Akil directed the Whitney Houston film “Sparkle” and “Jumping the Broom, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jenji Kohan Leads Band of Female Showrunners Breaking TV’s Old-School Rules

4 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a dynamic marketplace, a rising tide lifts all boats. And the tidal wave of television series production in the past few years has led to an unprecedented number of women serving as captains of their ships — as showrunners and auteur writer-directors of shows.

A host of shows that have resonated loudly in pop culture — from “Transparent” to “Empire” to “The Affair” — have women at the helm.

And Shonda Rhimes now has company on the list of women who are juggling multiple primetime series.

This sea change comes with financial gains, according to data from the Writers Guild of America West, and brings anecdotal evidence of shifts in the way series are made. But it’s not just the heightened demand for content that has been good for female creatives; a newfound openness to material, no matter how challenging or narrowly focused, has paved the way for shows with fresh themes. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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6 Reasons You Should Be Watching 'Black-ish' Right Now

28 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

I've been waiting and debating for oh-so-long for a comedy show that is actually funny; and when I say funny I mean leg-slapping, foot-stomping, my-head-is-hurting funny! Well, to my surprise, ABC has delivered a new side-splitting comedy called "Black-ish," about a successful, black family man who struggles to find some cultural identity while raising his family in a predominately white, upper-middle class neighborhood. It stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and newcomers Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, and others. Here are six reasons why you should watch:

1. Anthony Anderson Is Executive Producer

Anthony Anderson was born in Compton and is the current host of Food Network's "Eating America," and formerly a member of NBC's Emmy Award-winning drama "Law & Order." Anderson played Detective Kevin Bernard opposite Jeremy Sisto's Detective Cyrus Lupo. He's also appeared in more than 20 films, including the comedy blockbuster "Barbershop." Now, he's starring in and executive producing "Black-ish, »

- Wendell Escott

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Empire Taps R&B Diva Kelly Rowland to Play Lucious'... Mother?!

6 July 2015 5:31 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’re not sure if Empire‘s Lucious Lyon is a child of destiny — but his mother most certainly is.

TVLine has confirmed that sometimes Destiny’s Child diva and erstwhile X Factor judge Kelly Rowland will guest-star as the mother of Terrence Howard’s hard-charging label exec — in flashback, of course. E! Online first reported the news.

RelatedEmpire Season 2: Female Teen Rapper Could Be CEO Jamal’s Next Big Thing

Rowland is the latest in a string of bold-faced names joining the ratings phenomenon’s second season. Last week, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei signed on for a recurring role as Mimi Whiteman, »

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Abff 2015: Creators, Producers & Showrunners Talk Breaking into the Industry, Staying Encouraged, Being Mainstream + More

23 June 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Over the years, we’ve dealt with pushback against Black stories being told on the big and small screens. At this year’s American Black Film Festival, a panel of creators, producers and writers of some of the most riveting shows on television shared their experiences and words of advice as Black content creators. Panelists included, Janine Sherman Barrois ("ER," "Criminal Minds"), Chris Spencer ("Real Husbands of Hollywood"), Mara Brock Akil ("Girlfriends," "Being Mary Jane") and Salim Akil ("Soul Food the Series," "The Game"). Shadow and Act was present for the lively discussion. Here are some highlights. On Becoming A »

- Aramide A Tinubu

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Howard Rodman, Joan Meyerson Running for Writers Guild Presidency

19 June 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson are running for a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.

David A. Goodman and Carl Gottlieb are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Marjorie David and Aaron Mendelsohn are seeking the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.

The other candidates include Penn, Brock Akil, Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle, »

- Dave McNary

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Howard Rodman, Joan Meyerson Running for Writers Guild Presidency

19 June 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson are running for a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.

David A. Goodman and Carl Gottlieb are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Marjorie David and Aaron Mendelsohn are seeking the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.

The other candidates include Penn, Brock Akil, Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle, »

- Dave McNary

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Scarlett Johansson and Wiz Khalifa

2 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Scarlett Johansson has hosted “Saturday Night Live” three times before, and each time she’s proven an excellent fit for the show. She hasn’t hosted in four years, so there are a lot of new Not Ready For Primetime Players that have yet to interact with her on Studio 8H. Expect parodies of “The Avengers.” You should probably Not expect parodies of “Under The Skin.” As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. As always, you should comment in real time in the comments. We only have three more episodes in an overall excellent season for the show, so here’s hoping “SNL” goes out on a high note. Come back at 11:30 pm Est when the liveblog officially kicks off. (Note: I'll be referring to the host all night as ScarJo, not because I think it's a good way to refer to her, but it's »

- Ryan McGee

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Tsc unveils programme line-up

8 April 2015 7:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The line-up of speakers has been announced for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (Tsc), taking place over April 11-12.

The two-day event boasts the best creative talent, authors and speakers in writing for film, television and media.

Attendees, which consist of a large range of screen-based industry professionals, receive opportunities to learn and develop their screenwriting skills.

Speakers for the Master Classes include Schitt’s Creek co-creators Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, writer and producer of Man Of Steel, The Dark Knight and Da Vinci’s Demons David S Goyer and creators and executive producers of Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends and The Game Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

Other sessions during the weekend include a workshop called Setting The Scene (pictured) led by the writer and director of Darfur Now Ted Braun.

Emmy and Golden Globe executive producer Jeff Melvoin will head a session entitled Running The Show: Moving From Writer To Showrunner.

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Elisabeth Shue & Jason Schwartzman to Guest Star on Starz’s ‘Blunt Talk’

5 March 2015 12:33 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Elisabeth Shue and Jason Schwartzman are set to guest star on Starz’s upcoming comedy, “Blunt Talk,” the cabler announced Thursday.

The Patrick Stewart-starrer, centers around Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news with his nightly cable news show, aptly titled “Blunt Talk.” Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, ex-wives and children, Blunt’s only support is the alcoholic manservant (Adrian Scarborough) he transplanted from the UK to join him in Los Angeles.

Shue and Schwartzman will both appear as possible guests on Blunt’s (Patrick Stewart) show.

Other guest stars for Season 1 include musician and actor Moby, Sharon Lawrence (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”), Windell D. Middlebrooks (“Body Of Proof,” “Scrubs”) and Steve Valentine (“Anger Management”).

Alongside Stewart, Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) plays Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager; Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Dakota Johnson and Alabama Shakes

28 February 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I get it: There are more than a few concerned fans worried that tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” might be a less-than-stellar edition. Most know host Dakota Johnson from her most recent film role, which isn't exactly a "Bridesmaids"-esque romp. But think of it less as one hosted by the star of “Fifty Shades Of Grey” and rather one hosted by the former lead of the late, great Fox comedy “Ben And Kate.” Dakota Johnson might be more (or near-exclusively) known for the former, but she was straight-up funny on the latter. And while we’ll probably see more references to Christian Grey than Ben Fox, I just don’t have the same hopeless feeling I did before Blake Shelton took the stage in January. (Also? I'm never going to see "Fifty Shades Of Grey," but this recap is going to be a sarcasm-free when it comes to that book/movie franchise. »

- Ryan McGee

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Ash Vs. Evil Dead: Jill Marie Jones confirmed as female lead

20 February 2015 12:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Starring alongside Bruce Campbell in Ash Vs. Evil Dead will be Jill Marie Jones of Sleepy Hollow

Jill Marie Jones has joined Ash Vs. Evil Dead, the TV show which will carry on Ash’s adventures post-Army Of Darkness.

The plot of the show, we're told, centres on Ash as an ‘aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the past three decades avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.’

Naturally, that all changes ‘when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons — personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its evil grip.’

Jones fits into proceedings as a disgraced state trooper from Michigan, who for some reason blames Ash for the ‘grisly murder’ of her partner. Soon enough, they team up to stop the invasion, we would assume. »

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Star Aja Naomi King Is Your New Bff

19 February 2015 1:35 PM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

It’s time you meet your new favorite actress, How To Get Away with Murder star Aja Naomi King. You’ll get along great because she loves Shonda Rhimes, Beyoncé, and Empire‘s Cookie Lyon as much as you do.

VH1 caught up with the up-and-coming star, who dished on the behind-the-scenes action of Murder (Shonda!) and how she feels about diversity being at the forefront of TV’s current lineup. Did we mention she supports Fifty Shades of Grey? Yes, she rocks.

How are you feeling about season 1 coming to an end?

It’s kind of sad, we’ve had so much fun shooting it and spending all this time together. I don’t want it to end, I enjoy people watching it and telling me what they think about it.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?

Before it was the woods scene because it »

- Taylor Ferber

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Ash Vs. Evil Dead Adds A Sleepy Hollow Alum To Series!

19 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Earlier this month it was announced that two more were cast in Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead series, which sees the titular deadite slayer and occasional S-Mart employee returning on the small screen. Sleepy Hollow’s Jill Marie Jones is joining the cast as Amanda Fisher, who “following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead.”

Read on for the rest of the release below, which includes a brief synopsis of what to expect!

Jones is best known for starring as Toni Childs in “Girlfriends” and also appeared in “American Horror Story.” Her feature film credits include 35 and Ticking, The Perfect Holiday, Major Movie Star and Meeting Spencer among others. »

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Starz’s ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Casts Bruce Campbell’s Co-star

19 February 2015 10:27 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starz’s “Evil Dead” sequel has found Bruce Campbell’s leading lady in “Girlfriends” and “Sleepy Hollow’s” Jill Marie Jones.

Jones will play disgraced state trooper Amanda Fisher in the 10-episode original series “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” joining Campbell who will reprise his original film role of Ash, plus previously announced Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo who round out the cast.

Amanda sets out to find Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime, but as she soon learns, he and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of evil dead.

Campbell will also serve as an exec producer on the series, along with producers from the original horror film franchise Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

“Ash Vs. Evil Dead” begins shooting in New Zealand this spring. The series is set to debut late this year.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Ash vs Evil Dead Adds Sleepy Hollow’s Jill Marie Jones

19 February 2015 10:16 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We have news of another actress that will be fighting the evil dead. It has been announced that Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has just joined the cast and we have details on how her character gets caught up in Ash's latest adventure:

"Beverly Hills, Calif., February 19, 2015 - Starz has announced today that Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) will play the role of Amanda Fisher in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.

Following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead, »

- Jonathan James

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Jones Is Female Lead In "Evil Dead" Series

19 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jill Marie Jones ("Girlfriends," "American Horror Story") has scored the female lead opposite Bruce Campbell in Starz's "Ash Vs Evil Dead" series, a small screen follow-up to the "Evil Dead" comedy/horror film franchise.

Jones plays a disgraced Michigan State Trooper named Amanda Fisher (Jones). After the grisly murder of her partner, she sets out to find Ash ( Campbell) and prove his responsibility for the crime.

She soon learns Ash and his cohorts may be mankind's only hope against the plague of Evil Dead. Filming begins this Spring in New Zealand with ten half-hour episodes to premiere on the network later this year.

Sam Raimi will direct the first episode he wrote with Ivan Raimi, Craig Digregorio and Tom Spezialy. He also executive produces with Campbell, Rob Tapert and Digregorio who servers as show runner.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Being Mary Jane Creator Mara Brock Akil on Her Flawed Heroine, the Rise of Diverse TV, and Why She Hates Color-blind Casting

3 February 2015 11:16 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Being Mary Jane premiered in 2014, creator Mara Brock Akil introduced us to its titular character, an outwardly perfect news anchor with a litany of painfully realistic personal woes. The much-awaited second season kicked off on Bet Tuesday night and found Mary Jane, played by Gabrielle Union, with a new slate of troubles, from struggling to get over ex-flame David to relating to her teen-mom niece. Vulture spoke with Akil — the mind behind Upn/the CW’s Girlfriends and its spinoff, Bet’s The Game — about Mary Jane’s flawed humanity, why she dislikes color-blind casting, and The Game’s ninth and final season.   What has returning for season two been like? Has your focus changed at all?I would say yes and no. It was always conceived [with the idea] that everybody’s life is disparate on a daily basis, but certainly a yearly basis. Season one, the whole thought was [Mary] looks »

- Adrienne Gaffney

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