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Today in Soap Opera History (May 22)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas gave Maggie a music box.

1984: Guiding Light's Nola wanted help from The Wizard.

1985: Santa Barbara's Eden was unhappy after her interrupted wedding.

1996: Victor clashed with Jill in a primetime Y&R episode."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1952: On Young Widder Brown, after leaving the Tea Room in a black rage, Dr. Anthony Loring drove out to the farm
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Saints & Sinners: Season Three Coming to Bounce in April

Bounce TV just got a whole lot more dramatic. Recently, the network announced season three of Saints & Sinners is coming in April.From Ty Scott, the series revolves around the drama at the Greater Hope Baptist Church in Cypress, Georgia. The cast includes Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keyes, Keith Robinson, Clifton Powell, Gloria Reuben, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Afemo Omilami, and Richard Lawson.Read More…
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The Sinner Finale Recap: Who's Behind the Mask? Plus: Cora's Fate Revealed

The Sinner Finale Recap: Who's Behind the Mask? Plus: Cora's Fate Revealed
Warning: The following recap contains major spoilers from The Sinner “Part VIII.” Proceed at your own risk.

In the season finale of The Sinner, Cora Tannetti’s case takes a remarkable turn, giving the dreary “whydunnit” a (relatively) happy ending.

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

After new evidence comes to light revealing that Cora suffered from extreme emotional distress (more on that later), the judge reduces the charge against her from murder in the second degree to manslaughter in the first. As a result, she is no longer facing a minimum of 30 years in prison but
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'The Wire' Actor J.D. Williams Says Kaepernick Screwed Black QBs (Update)

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9:20 Am Pt -- J.D. tells TMZ Sports he meant Kaep was screwing up the owners' money, not the money for black QBs. Colin Kaepernick's protest is screwing up the NFL ecosystem for black QBs and costing them major money ... so says "The Wire" actor J.D. Williams who says Colin's hurting more than he's helping. Williams has been in a ton of stuff, but he's most famous for playing street soldier Bodie Broadus for
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Horror Highlights: Comet TV’s March Viewing Guide, Quarries, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, Crust, Terror Film Festival, Anders Manor

In today's Horror Highlights, we have a look at Comet TV's March viewing guide, release details for Quarries, info on Nitehawk Cinema's annual short film festival, the crowdfunding campaign for the sock-centric creature feature Crust (produced by Felissa Rose), details on the Terror Film Festival, and new stills from Anders Manor.

Comet TV's March Viewing Guide: "You Don’T Need A Subscription To Watch These Great Movies

They’Re Airing For Free On Comet!

Cherry 2000 (1988)

Monday March 13 at 8/7C

Static (1986)

Monday March 13 at 10/9C

The Twonky (1953)

Tuesday March 14 at 10/9C

The Bat People (1974)

Tuesday March 14 at 8/7C

War Gods of the Deep (1965)

Wednesday March 15 at 8/7c

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987)

Wednesday March 15 at 10/9C

Encounter at Raven’s Gate (1990)

Thursday March 16 at 10/9C

The Lost Brigade (1993)

Thursday March 16 at 8/7C

The Beasts Within (1982)

Monday March 20 at 8/7C

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

Monday March 20 at 10/9C

Troll 2
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Oz: revisiting HBO's influential prison drama

Jamie Andrew Nov 7, 2016

We revisit HBO's sterling and seminal prison drama Oz on the run-up to its 20th anniversary...

Oz is sometimes criminally overlooked in the pantheon of TV dramas, which is a great sin indeed; not only because the show is the obvious grand-or-God parent to a multitude of modern classics (without Oz, it's doubtful whether The Sopranos would've existed), but also because it's an immaculately acted, endlessly compelling, emotionally resonant powerhouse of a show that demands – and deserves – recognition and respect.

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These days we're inured to the darkness that pervades our favourite, highest-rated shows; desensitised to the violence that sweeps down from Westeros to Baltimore, via Fargo and Albuquerque. Anti-heroes have almost become de rigueur, to the point where a return to the chiselled-chinned, morally-flawless supermen of network TV's heyday is
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'The Night Of': 5 Things We Learned

'The Night Of': 5 Things We Learned
Welcome to The Night Of's day after, when viewers are undoubtedly experiencing the slightly woozy, vaguely hungover sensation that accompanies eight weeks of investment in a TV show and the promise of a potentially earth-shaking pay-off that, in the end, can be filed under mileage-may-vary. To be fair, it was apparent very early on that this HBO miniseries wasn't likely to dominate the modern equivalent of water-cooler discussions in a way that, say, the true-crime phenomenon Making a Murderer did last winter, or the spot-the-Reagan-era-reference game that was Stranger Things
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Review: 'The Night Of' gets off to a breathless start with 'The Beach'

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Review: 'The Night Of' gets off to a breathless start with 'The Beach'
Earlier this week, I published my rave review of HBO's new miniseries The Night Of, and I'm going to put it into the weekly review rotation for its run, starting with thoughts on the first episode, coming up just as soon as I can name two Yankees headed for the Hall of Fame... "Am I really here?" -Naz Because "The Beach" has been available for a few weeks through HBO's On Demand and streaming services, I've gotten to see the early reactions to it, which tend to break down along three paths: 1)That was unbearable to watch because I felt so bad for Naz as his night out went so horribly awry; 2)That was unbearable to watch because Naz acted like such a complete idiot at every turn; 3)Even though I felt bad for Naz, and/or couldn't believe how stupid he kept being, I was riveted by the whole thing.
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Review: 'The Night Of' is the great drama HBO very badly needs right now

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Review: 'The Night Of' is the great drama HBO very badly needs right now
There's his name about a minute into the opening credits of The Night Of: James Gandolfini. That Gandolfini, who died three years ago, is still listed as an executive producer on the new HBO miniseries speaks to the deal he signed way back when he was going to co-star in the project (in a role now played by John Turturro), and to his role as one of the people championing it through development. It also evokes images of a time when HBO owned the Prestige TV game outright, benevolently renting space out to would-be challengers because its position was so strong. That was a long time ago, before the rise of Netflix and all the other Peak TV players, and before HBO skidded into its current rough patch. Executives keep leaving abruptly. Recent dramas have either failed outright (the expensive, star-laden Vinyl got unrenewed last month), imploded quickly (True
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Barbershop: The Next Cut – Review

This film franchise zeros in on something that many small towns and big cities (really the neighborhoods in said cities) share: mainly a place where everyone seems to gather. Some place aside from the obvious schools, city halls, and churches (or synagogues). It’s actually a business. There’s a popular corner diner, maybe a bar or pub, perhaps a locally owned clothing store. Well, for this neighborhood in the south side of Chicago it’s the hair salon known to moviegoers thanks to 2002’s Barbershop. That modest little “slice of life” flick was popular that it inspired a sequel two years later (Barbershop 2: Back In Business). The following year saw a spin-off (Beauty Shop) and a TV series on premium cable channel Showtime. The scissors and shavers have been silenced for almost a dozen years, but now movie goers have another appointment with Calvin and his crew for Barbershop: The Next Cut.
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Saints & Sinners: Preview the Bounce TV Series' March 6 Debut

Season one of Bounce TV's new Saints & Sinners TV series premieres Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Watch a preview, below. Bounce says, "Shot on location in Atlanta, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption and murder – all set against the backdrop of a large southern church."

The Saints & Sinners cast includes: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keyes, Keith Robinson, Clifton Powell, Gloria Reuben, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Afemo Omilami, and Richard Lawson.

Read More…
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'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 2: '46 Long'

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'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 2: '46 Long'
Welcome to the second installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the second episode, "46 Long," coming up just as soon as I finish unscrewing my belly button... "But she's my mother. You're supposed to take care of your mother." -Tony Second episodes are hard. Almost every TV writer will tell you that. With your pilot, you get to set up the premise,
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Malik Yoba, J.D. Williams & Barry Sloane Sign Up for Indie Thriller 'Fantastic Damage'

J.D. Williams, Barry Sloane, and Malik Yoba have all signed up to star in writer/director Tony Ducret's indie feature film, "Fantastic Damage," which Yoba will also co-produce. The film will shoot for 21 days in July in New York City locations. Described by the filmmaker as a hard-boiled ensemble thriller, and an expansion of Ducret's award-winning pulp thriller short "I Can Smoke?" which was profiled on this blog in 2013, "Fantastic Damage" follows a dysfunctional Upper West Side Manhattan family, the Schwartzs, in interweaving romantic tales of vengeance. Synopsis reads: When Ethan Schwartz’s wife, Anna, claims to leave town for a...
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10 great reveals and moments at 'The Wire' PaleyFest reunion panel

10 great reveals and moments at 'The Wire' PaleyFest reunion panel
The cast of The Wire had a whole lot of fun during Thursday's reunion panel at New York's Paley Center for Media. Show co-creator David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, cast members Michael Kenneth Williams, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, and Jamie Hector took the stage, while surprise guests and cast members Tristan Wilds, J.D. Williams, Bob Wisdom, and Michelle Paress took seats in the audience. The show's Brits, Dominic West and Idris Elba, were both unable to make the panel, but popped their heads in (quite literally) with video messages. HitFix
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12 revelations from 'The Wire' reunion at PaleyFest

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12 revelations from 'The Wire' reunion at PaleyFest
New York – The theater at the Paley Center was full tonight, and with good reason – the cast of "The Wire," along producers David Simon and Nina Noble, were present for a discussion and Q&A. HitFix's own Alan Sepinwall acted as moderator and the evening proved incredibly interesting. Anyone who has watched it, knows that "The Wire," which aired for five seasons on HBO, was a special show, and one that has only grown in stature and myth since it went off the air. Sepinwall probably described it best in his book, "The Revolution was Televised." He wrote that people will approach him and say, "I am ready to watch 'The Wire.' And they phrase it like that—like it's a religious obligation they are about to undertake, rather than viewing a modestly rated HBO drama." One look at tonight's audience, even as viewed via the livestream, illustrated just
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The new Jd Williams advert

The kind of slickly characterless bods you might find on the pages of a supermarkets lifestyle magazine

As coffee shops now primarily house (i) harangued mums, and (ii) the between-meetings businessman diaspora, painting them as hubs of glamour and aspiration is a challenge. But not one that fazes online clothing store Jd Williams, which in its new advert is using coffee-shop life to flog self-esteem to middle-aged women. The cafe in question is a converted something-or-other (ie it actually served a purpose, once), populated by the kind of slickly characterless bods you might find on the pages of a supermarkets lifestyle magazine.

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Hollywood Insider Movie 'An American in Hollywood' Opens in NY, NJ and Pa Theaters Today

A project we've covered on this site previously, which opened at last year's Urbanworld Film Festival, "An American In Hollywood," comes to AMC theaters in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pa today.  Written and directed by Sai Varadan and including a mix of live action and animation, the comedy-drama follows "a talented young filmmaker from New York who sets off to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream, only to discover through his relationship with a beautiful feisty young actress, that Hollywood is not all that it seems." The film stars Richard Carroll Jr ("The Dissenter"), Azur De, and "The Wire's" Jd Williams and Hassan...
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Watch Sundance Film Festival Post-Katrina Drama 'The Second Line' (Short Shouts!)

A short shout from director John Magary and his film, The Second Line, which was a 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection. After MacArthur's savings are stolen from his Fema trailer (in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) he and his cousin, Natt, take work gutting a house, and clash with its owners. The 19 minute short, a Columbia Grad School thesis short, stars Al Thompson, J.D. Williams, Saida Arrika Ekulona, Brittany Parker, Karen Pritchett and Dane Rhodes.  Watch below:
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Review: 'Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series' on DVD

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Review: 'Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series' on DVD
Late in the DVD commentary for the pilot episode of "Hill Street Blues," actor Joe Spano marvels at the show's impact on the medium. "It's extraordinary," he says, "the repercussions of this 48 minutes of television." The cop drama's co-creator Steven Bochco follows by suggesting, "It's sort of a family tree, and if you look at the branches of the tree, you'll see 25 years of television." Bochco is, if anything, underselling the importance of "Hill Street," which is on the short list of the most influential TV shows ever made. Whether through shared actors, writers, directors or through stylistic and thematic complexity, its DNA can be found in nearly every great drama produced in the 30-plus years since it debuted. The show was only occasionally interested in the legal trials of the criminals in its unnamed fictional city, but the complete series DVD set (it arrives in stores on Tuesday, for
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Captain America History 101 – Redux

Well, the big day is finally here! After leading the Avengers in stopping an alien invasion Summer before last, our favorite shield-slinger returns to the multiplexes in an all new solo adventure (well, he’s got some help from the Black Widow and the high-flyin’ Falcon)! Before you head out, you may want to brush up on all things Steve Rogers (don’t worry, this won’t be on the final!)! Have fun and buy bonds!

Read my original review of Captain America Here.

Here’s my original article that ran on Wamg before Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011.

The very first appearance of the sentinel of liberty.

Okay fellow movie geeks! Ready for a bit of pop culture history? Before you head out to the multiplex this weekend to see Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, let’s get better acquainted with the story of this star-spangled superhero.
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