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If you wish “The Sopranos” had included more women and people of color onscreen — and had doubled down on Carmela’s fierce manicures — your dream has come true. The Niecy Nash-starring TNT dramedy “Claws” has a trailer and a premiere date.
From showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois and executive produced by “Celeste and Jesse Forever” writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, “Claws” is set in South Florida and follows “the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists,” the official synopsis details.
“At the center is salon owner Desna (Nash, ‘Scream Queens’), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (Harold Perrineau, ‘The Best Man Holiday’). Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon, ‘Justified’), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes, ‘Jane the Virgin’), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston, ‘The Good Fight’), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran, ‘The Nice Guys’), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job.”
We’re pleased to report that the “Claws” spot gives us a glimpse of everything we could have wanted from the series. There are pledges of sisterhood, confident struts, alligator fights, a worthy villain (“Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris), and a lot of bad-ass nails. Plus, there’s this exchange:
“Y’all got some real idiots up in here,” a customer observes.
“Baby, it’s what we do,” Desna replies with a laugh. To which Polly adds, “Biggest export after oranges.”
Jones is best known for her acting roles in “Parks and Recreation” and “Angie Tribeca.” She is also a producer of projects like the upcoming “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” “Angie Tribeca,” “Hot Girls Wanted,” and “A to Z.” She co-wrote one of the new episodes of “Black Mirror,” “Nosedive,” with her “Parks” showrunner Michael Schur. Jones and McCormack are also credited as the writers of “Toy Story 4,” slated for 2019.
“Claws” debuts June 11 on TNT.
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- Rachel Montpelier
Author: Jon Lyus
Today sees the release of Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, a thriller that is a far cry from the heady heights of the DC Cinematic Universe and the Justice League. We spoke to the director and his co-star Sienna Miller about working together on the film, as well as a little piece about the new Batman film.
Scott Davis also sat down with actor Chris Messina, who plays Dion Bartolo in Live By Night. The actor has also appeared in another of Affleck’s films, the Oscar-winning Argo as well as a fine run of indie movies including the divine Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Like Crazy.
Live By Night is out in UK Cinemas now.
Live By Night Movie Synopsis
- Jon Lyus
Get transported back to a simpler time with the first trailer for Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, a series executive produced by Jim Carrey. The 1970s-set show explores the infamous stand-up comedy scene at the time and centers around a group of up-and-coming comics trying to make a name for themselves. Footage in the teaser is accompanied with “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band…
Comedic and dramatic actors alike have been lined up to make up the cast, including Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Rj Cyler (Power Rangers), Ari Graynor (Celeste and Jesse Forever), Clark Duke (The Office), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Andrew Santino (Mixology). A slew of guest stars ranging from Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War) to Robert Forster (London Has Fallen) will periodically join the main cast members during the show’s run.
The pilot episode »
- Justin Cook
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