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Nearly Half of “Luke Cage’s” New Season Is Women-Directed — A Major Change from Season 1

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Luke Cage” has undergone a major behind-the-scenes makeover. According to blackfilm.com, the Netflix superhero series’ sophomore outing will feature six episodes directed by women — almost half of its 13-episode season. This marks quite the improvement from Season 1, which was helmed entirely by men.

Lucy Liu directed the second season premiere. She’s previously directed episodes of CBS’ Sherlock Holmes-inspired procedural “Elementary,” on which she also stars, and an ep of “Graceland.” Liu also co-directed the feature “Meena.”

Luke Cage’s” other female directors are Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou,” “Shots Fired”), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Queen Sugar,” “Scandal”), Neema Barnette (“Being Mary Jane,” “Queen Sugar”), Millicent Shelton (“Runaways,” “Black-ish”), and Steph Green (“You’re the Worst,” “The Americans”).

Based on the Marvel comics, “Luke Cage” stars Mike Colter as the titular character, a black male superhero with unbreakable skin. The series co-stars Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, and Theo Rossi.
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Stitchers: Is the Freeform TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture Watch How long will Kirsten Clark draw upon the memories of the dead? Has the Stitchers TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Freeform? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Stitchers season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the Freeform cable channel, Stitchers centers on Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a Caltech grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti, and Damon Dayoub. Using memories of the dead, Kirsten is able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that
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Stitchers

Network: ABC Family; Freeform. Episodes: 31 (hour). Seasons: Three. TV show dates: June 2, 2015 -- August 14, 2017. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Emma Ishta, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, and Allison Scagliotti. TV show description: This dramatic series revolves around a young woman who's been recruited to take part in a special project from a secret government agency. Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta) is a highly intelligent and emotionally distant computer science grad student. She's recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased. Using their memories, she's able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Read More…
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Stitchers: Season Three Ratings

Although Stitchers did moderately well in its first season on Freeform, last year, the linear ratings really dropped off. Since they renewed it for a third season anyhow, it must attract a lot of viewers who watch On Demand and/or via the Freeform app. Can they get lucky, again? Will Stitchers be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned. A sci-fi crime drama, Stitchers centers on Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a Caltech grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The Freeform cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti, and Damon Dayoub. Using memories of the dead, Kirsten is able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Read More…
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Stitchers: Cancelled; No Season Four for Freeform TV Series

To Disney-abc, it seems ending is better than mending. Freeform has cancelled its Stitchers TV show after three seasons. Since there will be no fourth season, Stitchers, episode 3.10, "Maternis," will serve as both the season three finale and the TV series finale. Airing on the Freeform cable channel, Stitchers stars Emma Ishta as Kirsten Clark; Kyle Harris as Cameron Goodkin; Ritesh Rajan as Linus Ahluwalia; Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Maggie Baptiste; Allison Scagliotti as Camille Engelson; and Damon Dayoub as Detective Quincy Fisher. A sci-fi crime drama, Stitchers centers on Kirsten Clark (Ishta), a Caltech grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. Using memories of the dead, Kirsten is able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.
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Stitchers: Is the Freeform TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture Watch How long will Kirsten Clark draw upon the memories of the dead? Has the Stitchers TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Freeform? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Stitchers season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the Freeform cable channel, Stitchers centers on Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a Caltech grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti, and Damon Dayoub. Using memories of the dead, Kirsten is able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that
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Stitchers: Season Three Ratings

Although Stitchers did moderately well in its first season on Freeform, last year, the linear ratings really dropped off. Since they renewed it for a third season anyhow, it must attract a lot of viewers who watch On Demand and/or via the Freeform app. Can they get lucky, again? Will Stitchers be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned. A sci-fi crime drama, Stitchers centers on Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a Caltech grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The Freeform cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti, and Damon Dayoub. Using memories of the dead, Kirsten is able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Read More…
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Exclusive: Kyle Harris Teases the ‘Stitchers’ Season Finale That Will Leave You 'Screaming at Your TV'

Exclusive: Kyle Harris Teases the ‘Stitchers’ Season Finale That Will Leave You 'Screaming at Your TV'
As the season three finale of Freeform’s Stitchers quickly approaches, fans can be sure of one thing: they will get answers.

“It gives us the answers we have been wanting,” Kyle Harris, who plays Cameron, tells Et about the impending finale.

The series follows a government agency where people can “stitch” into the memories of individuals recently killed to investigate their unsolved murders.

“This season finale is a culmination of all the mythology that we have been watching throughout these first three seasons,” Harris explains. “Everything that has to do with the purpose of the program, who picks the stitch cases, what is going on with Kirsten’s parents, all of that comes to a head.”

Exclusive: The Cast of ‘Stitchers’ Talks Season 3 Romances And The Real Life Murders They Would Solve

In the episode, titled “Maternis,” Kirsten (Emma Ishta) must perform the most important stitch of her life with the help of an unlikely source
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"Stitchers: Maternis" - Season Finale

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the new "Stitchers" Season 3 Finale episode "Maternis", airing August 14, 2017 on Freeform, focusing on 'Kirsten' (Emma Ishta), a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be 'stitched' into the minds of the recently deceased (?!):

"...in 'Maternis', the summer finale, all burning questions will be answered when the father of 'Kirsten', 'Daniel Stinger' (C. Thomas Howell) shows up...

"...and Kirsten must perform the most important 'stitch' of her life..."

"...using memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave...

...'Cameron' (Kyle Harris), a brilliant neuroscientist whose passion for the program is evident in his work, works alongside Kirsten.

"The secret program, headed by 'Maggie' (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a skilled veteran of covert operations, includes 'Linus' (Ritesh Rajan), a socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician.

"Kirsten’s roommate, 'Camille' (Allison Scagliotti), a gifted computer science grad student, is
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'Stitchers' Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Maggie's Struggles Going into the Season Finale

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'Stitchers' Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Maggie's Struggles Going into the Season Finale
"Kill It Forward" was a big Stitchers episode for Maggie, as the case ended up bringing her face-to-face with someone from her CIA past. It might not have happened at the best time for Maggie, as Salli Richardson-Whitfield shared when discussing the events of the hour, but it was a good time for the show to explore it going into the Stitchers season 3 finale.
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'Stitchers' Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Directing, Learning More About Maggie's Past and More

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'Stitchers' Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Directing, Learning More About Maggie's Past and More
Stitchers star Salli Richardson-Whitfield steps behind the camera for the penultimate episode of season 3, which also features something that fans should be excited about, as the actress previewed when discussing what's coming up and her character.

Read on for part 1 of BuddyTV's interview with Richardson-Whitfield as she discusses directing "Kill It Forward" and Maggie's new job in season 3.
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Exclusive: ‘Stitchers’ Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield on the Pressures of Directing For Oprah

Exclusive: ‘Stitchers’ Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield on the Pressures of Directing For Oprah
Following the enormous box office and critical success of director Patty JenkinsWonder Woman, 2017 can easily be dubbed the year of women in entertainment. Case in point: Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield directing an upcoming episode of Stitchers, the procedural Freeform drama she has starred on for three seasons.

“This is definitely a great time for women to really be in the trenches of this,” Richardson-Whitfield tells Et.

Richardson-Whitfield portrays Maggie Baptiste on the series, which follows a government agency where you can “stitch” into the memories of people recently killed to investigate their unsolved murders.

Exclusive: The Cast of ‘Stitchers’ Talks Season 3 Romances And The Real Life Murders They Would Solve

Despite this being the first time the actress will be directing for Stitchers, Richardson-Whitfield is no stranger to the directing chair, in fact, she got her start thanks to her good friend, Selma director Ava Duvernay!

“I did a film for Ava Duvernay, which was her
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Salli Richardson-Whitfield

There is no arguing with the fact that Salli Richardson-Whitfield has had a long and successful career in entertainment. While she has been open and exposed to the camera and other media mechanisms over the course of a career, much of her life remains shrouded and well-kept. We can’t really blame entertainers for wanting certain parts of their lives to remain private. They give so much of themselves through their work. However, whenever there is a chance to dig a little deeper in order to learn a little more, of course, we take it. Currently, Salli is a part of

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Salli Richardson-Whitfield
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Stitchers: YouTube Star to Recur on Season Three of Freeform Series

Anna Akana is headed to Freeform. Deadline reports the YouTube star has joined season three of Stitchers.The sci-fi drama follows a highly intelligent computer science grad student (Emma Ishta) who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Allison Scagliotti.Read More…
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Shadowhunters, Stitchers, The Fosters, The Bold Type: Freeform Releases Summer 2017 Slate

Freeform has announced that season 2B of its Shadowhunters TV series and the Stitchers TV show's season three premiere will air on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:00 and 9:00pm Et/Pt, respectively. Shadowhunters stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr. Stitchers stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti and Damon Dayoub.The Fosters TV show's fifth season premiere and the series premiere of The Bold Type kick off on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, also at 8:00 and 9:00pm Et/Pt. The Fosters stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Noah Centineo, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez. The Bold Type stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward, and Melora Hardin. The new Freeform TV series was formerly known as Issues.Read More…
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Stitchers: Season Three Ordered by Freeform

Freeform is sticking with Stitchers. Today, the network announced they've ordered a third season of the sci-fi series.The drama stars Emma Ishta as a computer science grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Allison Scagliotti.Read More…
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How Do You Create a TV Industry That Supports Women Directors? You Try

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How Do You Create a TV Industry That Supports Women Directors? You Try
For years, women fought to work behind the camera, especially in the television world, while the Hollywood system balked. But this fall, there’s real evidence that change is coming, thanks to the industry embracing a simple two-step process:

1) You acknowledge the problem.

2) You do something about it.

By “doing something about it,” that very specifically means giving women a real chance to prove themselves behind the camera. Because every time they get it, it leads to additional opportunities.

This year, FX dug into this issue unlike perhaps any other network on television, courtesy of what network president John Landgraf called “a good, swift, well-deserved kick in the butt” from Variety’s Maureen Ryan. The TV critic last year broke down the demographics for directors working in TV and found that 88 percent of FX Networks episodes last season were directed by white men.

Read More: Female Filmmakers Want to Direct
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‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival

‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival
“Queen of Katwe,” the Disney film directed by Mira Nair and starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, is among the films lined up to screen at the 20th Urbanworld Film Festival, the annual New York showcase of films from diverse creators.

Oyelowo will serve as one of the festival’s ambassadors this year, as will Ava DuVernay, the “Selma” director whose documentary “The 13th” will open the concurrent New York Film Festival. “Katwe,” soon to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and centering on a young Ugandan woman’s quest to become a chess champion, is one of about 70 films that will screen during the festival, which runs Sept. 21-25.

The full 2016 Urbanworld film slate follows:

Spotlight Presentations

Queen of Katwe – Directed by Mira Nair, Presented by Disney

Class Divide – Directed by Marc Levin, Presented by HBO Documentary Films

Black – Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Presented
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Eureka: The Syfy Series Premiered 10 years Ago Today

Time flies through open wormholes. Syfy's quirky Eureka TV series premiered on July 18, 2006, when the NBC-Universal cable channel was still known as "Sci-Fi." Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia, the comedy-drama starring Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Joe Morton, and Chris Gauthier is set in the top secret Pacific Northwest town of Eureka.A company town, Eureka is dedicated to scientific achievement and plagued by experiments gone awry. The Eureka TV show was cancelled after five seasons. Its TV series finale episode 5.13, "Just Another Day," aired four years and two days ago, on July 16, 2012.The Eureka TV show cast also includes: Jordan Hinson, Niall Matter, Ed Quinn, Debrah Farentino, Tembi Locke, Christopher Jacot, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Matt Frewer, Trevor Jackson, Jaime Ray Newman, and Vanya Asher.Among Eureka's notable guest stars
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Hollywood Pioneer Lena Horne Talks Racial Inequality In Decades-Old Interview

Hollywood Pioneer Lena Horne Talks Racial Inequality In Decades-Old Interview
Episode two of PBS’ “American Masters Podcast” features American singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne as she discusses the difficulties of navigating the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood studio system and her involvement in the civil rights movement.

In the 30-minute podcast, Horne also recollects the times she spent with Count Basie, Medgar Evers, Billy Strayhorn and others.

Read More: Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield Talks Playing Lena Horne In ‘A Lady Must Live’ + Kickstarter Campaign To Finance

Then in a never-before-seen video from “In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive,” the legend shares her disappointment in the lack of progress made toward racial equality throughout her lifetime.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a black woman, but maybe because I’m a woman, I don’t see as much as I wanted,” Lena says in an interview released on August 29, 1996. “I don’t see it happening as
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