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Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on the Lena Waithe series and the reputation of her hometown: ‘Chicago has gotten a bad rap’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on the Lena Waithe series and the reputation of her hometown: ‘Chicago has gotten a bad rap’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Chicago native Yolonda Ross was excited to participate in “The Chi” because it presented her city “in a positive way.” Though crime happens everywhere, “Chicago really has gotten a bad rap,” so Ross was compelled by the way that creator Lena Waithe made “characters and situations personal, so that people could get how some of these things can actually happen.” This Showtime ensemble drama, also starring Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Sonja Sohn, examines life on the South Side of Chicago and ended its 10-episode first season in March. It will be back for a second season. Watch our exclusive video interview with Ross above.

See ‘The Chi’ Emmy Fyc event: Red carpet interviews with Jason Mitchell, Lena Waithe, Rick Famuyiwa, and Lil Rel Howery [Watch]

Ross plays Jada Washington, a single mother working as a nurse to raise her son, Emmett (Jacob Latimore). Looking after a young black
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The Chi: Season One Viewer Votes

Is the first season of The Chi TV show on Showtime more of a fresh breeze or an ill wind? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show The Chi is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of The Chi season one episodes below. A Showtime drama from Lena Waithe, The Chi stars Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex R. Hibbert, Armando Riesco, Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory, and Steven Williams. The story explores life on Chicago's South Side. True to its name, the drama is shot entirely in Chi-Town. It follows
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Revisiting The Wire 10 years on

Mark Allison Mar 2, 2018

David Simon's celebrated HBO crime drama concluded a decade ago this month, and its themes still feel depressingly pertinent...

“It’s America, man.”

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These were the words which opened the first episode of The Wire in 2002, and there is no better sentence to encapsulate the spirit of the entire series. Created by David Simon, a former crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun, The Wire stands not only as a landmark in serial television, but an invaluable record of American society. Now, ten years since the fifth and final season was broadcast on HBO, it remains a cultural touchstone, championed by Barack Obama as “one of the greatest – not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades”.

Despite this acclaim, The Wire never received much attention, let alone adoration,
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The Chi: Season One Ratings

With some of its top TV series growing long in the tooth, Showtime could use a new hit. Set in the Windy City, will The Chi TV show prove a breath of fresh air for the premium cable network? Will The Chi be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. A Chicago drama from Lena Waithe (rather than Dick Wolf), The Chi stars Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex R. Hibbert, Armando Riesco, Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory, and Steven Williams. The Showtime TV series explores life on the South Side of Chicago. True to its name, the drama is shot entirely in Chi-Town. It follows a group of Chicagoans who, at first, are connected by circumstance, but begin to develop a bond, due to their loneliness, thirst for atonement, and hunger for a more meaningful life.
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The Chi: Is the Showtime TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch What's next for the residents on the South Side of Chicago? Has The Chi TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Chi, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A Showtime Chicago drama from Lena Waithe, The Chi stars Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex R. Hibbert, Armando Riesco, Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory, and Steven Williams. The story explores life on the city's South Side. True to its name, the drama is shot entirely in Chi-Town. It follows a group of Chicagoans who, at first,
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The Chi: Season Two Renewal, New Showrunner Set for Showtime Drama

Showtime's putting down roots in Chi-Town. The Chi TV show has been renewed for a second season on Showtime. The season two pickup was confirmed on the show's official Twitter account. Check it out, below. Ayanna Floyd Davis will serve as showrunner in season two. A Showtime drama from Lena Waithe, The Chi stars Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex R. Hibbert, Armando Riesco, Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory, and Steven Williams. Filmed on location, the story explores life on the city’s South Side. It follows residents who at first are only connected by circumstance, but soon begin to develop a bond in their longing for a more meaningful life. Read More…
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The Chi

Network: Showtime. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: January 5, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex R. Hibbert, Armando Riesco, Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory, and Steven Williams. TV show description: Created by Lena Waithe, who executive produces with Common and Elwood Reid, The Chi TV show delves into life on the South Side of Chicago. True to its name, the drama is shot entirely in the Windy City. It follows a group of Chicagoans who, at first, are connected by circumstance, but begin to develop a bond, due to their loneliness and quest for atonement. Brandon
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Showtime's The Chi Premiere: Grade It!

Welcome to the South Side of Chicago, where Showtime’s new drama series The Chi paints a vividly colorful portrait of life on the streets.

PHOTOSWinter TV Preview: The Chi Made Our List of New Shows to Get Excited About

Sunday’s series premiere — written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Master of None) and directed by Dope helmer Rick Famuyima — lays out a wide range of narrative strands for us to follow, all intersecting with each other, so let’s take a closer look at the five main characters we’re introduced to:

* Coogie (Jahking Guillory), a street-smart teen who
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‘The Chi’ Review: Lena Waithe’s Compelling Showtime Drama Highlights the Beating Heart in Chicago’s South Side

‘The Chi’ Review: Lena Waithe’s Compelling Showtime Drama Highlights the Beating Heart in Chicago’s South Side
There are so much to discuss within “The Chi,” one could almost be forgiven for neglecting to mention its stellar soundtrack. The opening scene, for instance, is filled with key moments in the story and context about its city, but it’s also set to Chicago-local Chance the Rapper’s “All We Got” — a meaningful choice both in the rapper’s home and the song’s tone. It’s hopeful, rhythmic, and quickly gets its hooks into you, just like the show implementing it. There’s more going on than appears on-screen, which quickly becomes a common trait in Lena Waithe’s elegantly told and compellingly watchable Showtime drama.

Ostensibly a beautiful montage capturing the city’s South Side from morning to night, the first scene follows teenager Coogie (Jahking Guillory) as he rides his bike through the streets, stopping to shoot hoops, race a motorcyclist, and haggle for a
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‘Baltimore Rising’ is a Vital Portrait of Activism, Anger, and a City’s Search for Justice and Healing

‘Baltimore Rising’ is a Vital Portrait of Activism, Anger, and a City’s Search for Justice and Healing
The death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015, will likely be the subject of many future documentaries. When detailing Gray’s arrest at the hands of Baltimore police officers, and the spinal cord injuries that led to his passing a week later, many of these films will probably include the harrowing cell phone footage of Gray’s arrest that appears early on in “Baltimore Rising,” the new HBO documentary from actress Sonja Sohn.

For the rest of its 93-minute runtime, “Baltimore Rising” uses Gray’s treatment to examine the fabric of the city in the year that followed. Through highlighting activists young and old, as well as providing perspective from inside the law enforcement community, Sohn presents a view of Baltimore that has its share of division — but is made up of individuals trying to find healing in their own way.

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch

‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch
Lena Waithe is following up her historic Emmy win with an ambitious new venture: After winning a trophy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Waithe is tackling a drama series set in her sweet home, Chicago.

The Chi,” created and produced by Waithe, “explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.” The first season was shot entirely in the Windy City and will track the lives of children growing up in the city, teens looking for love, and adults dealing with very adult issues, including police corruption, excessive force, and gang violence.

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As indicated in the first full trailer below, the series isn’t all doom and gloom. Despite the prominent stories coming out of Chicago, like the much-publicized homicide level, characters inhabited by the likes of Jason Mitchell,
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‘Baltimore Rising’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Looks at the City After the Death of Freddie Grey – Watch

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‘Baltimore Rising’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Looks at the City After the Death of Freddie Grey – Watch
In times like this it’s crucial to be aware. Not only of what is happening currently, but to be fully aware is to consistently remember what has happened in the past. “Baltimore Rising,” an HBO documentary film directed by Sonja Sohn, will illuminate the death of Freddie Gray and the aftermath in the city of Baltimore.

Premiering on HBO and HBO Now on Nov. 20, “Baltimore Rising” seeks insight in those with concrete ties to the city of Baltimore: the police officers, activists, community leaders, and gang affiliates. The film explores how to make change after the community had erupted into “deep divisions between authorities and the community — and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation.”

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Among the many insights into the system itself, the doc will spotlight key figures in the community, ones particularly invested in the reconstruction of the city.
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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch
Showtime has released the teaser trailer for “The Chi,” a new drama series from recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and Common. Waithe wrote, produced, and stars in the show, which takes place in (you guessed it) Chicago. Watch the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.”

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Waithe, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Jason Mitchell, Sonja Sohn,
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All the Documentaries That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat This Fall

The fall TV and film season is officially here, and so is a fresh collection of documentaries to satisfy your non-fiction cravings.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage of New Films, Music, TV and More!

From intimate looks into Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato's personal struggles and lives off stage to an Oprah Winfrey-produced look into the prison system and powerful explorations of racial injustice, there's no shortage of captivating deep dives this season.

These are the new and upcoming documentaries you need to watch.

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Design prodigy Zac Posen's unprecedented rise to the top of the fashion world at age 21 (and falling out of favor just a few years later) becomes the focus of the documentary, which reveals an honest portrait of a designer and his “darker times” fighting to rebuild his company and his reputation. “I think it takes a level of real maturity to reflect on oneself
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‘Marshall,’ ‘Queen Sugar’ Set for 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival

‘Marshall,’ ‘Queen Sugar’ Set for 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival
The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival has announced its 2017 slate, with the likes of Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman making appearances at the festival that aims to represent a broad lens of diversity and expand the definition of urban beyond ethnicity.

Highlights of the festival include the U.S. premiere of “Marshall,” the Thurgood Marshall bio starring Boseman, with a screening followed by a Q&A with Boseman, co-stars Sterling K. Brown and Josh Gad and director Reginald Hudlin, moderated by journalist Tamron Hall. Also on the roster is the debut of the midseason premiere of DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar,” followed by a conversation between series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe with DuVernay and director Julie Dash.

The lineup also includes “Baltimore Rising,” the documentary directed by “The Wire” actor Sonja Sohn, following activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates who struggle to hold Baltimore together in the wake of Freddie Gray’s
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5 Things We Learned at TCA Day 2

There’s always plenty of surprises, who-knew and they-said-what moments during the parade of TV show panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Day two of the summer tour that runs through Aug. 9 featured presentations from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Espn and HBO.

Here are five things we learned from Wednesday’s sessions:

1. Investigation Discovery is taking time out from its steady diet of murders, murders and more murders for a documentary take on the First Amendment and the challenges it faces in the digital era and at a time of rising distrust of the media. The multipart series targeted to debut next year is dubbed “Don’t Stop the Presses.”

2. The panel for Espn’s “30 for 30” documetnary on Ric Flair, the pro wrestler known as “Nature Boy,” provoked a surprising level of excitement among the TCA crowd. Flair told the crowd he would dearly love to get back into the ring
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Sci-Fi London 2017 Review – Domain (2016)

Domain, 2016

Directed by Nathaniel Atcheson

Starring Britt Lower, Ryan Merriman, William Gregory Lee, Kevin Sizemore, Nick Gomez, Sonja Sohn, Cedric Sanders, Beth Grant

Synopsis:

In the years following a deadly flu epidemic, seven survivors communicate with each other from their individual underground bunkers, scattered throughout the United States.

Low-rent sci-fi can usually go one of two ways: smart and subtle, pinned to a manageable concept, or washed out by cheap, schlocky special effects. Luckily, bare-bones single-location thriller Domain opts for the former, running off a clever (if not entirely original) plot, with a fresh set of characters and a thoroughly involving central idea. Rather than wasting his limited resources on another unnecessarily loud outbreak thriller about people hunting for food and murdering each other in desperation, director Nathaniel Atcheson has opted for something a little more close to home: humanity’s innate desire to be social. And for the most part,
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‘The Chi’: Sonja Sohn & Jenn An Set To Recur On Showtime Drama

Former The Wire star Sonja Sohn and Jenn An have booked recurring roles opposite Jason Mitchell on Showtime's hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. Sohn will…
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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link
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First Clip from Domain Features a Disturbing Disappearance

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Sealed inside self-contained bunkers, they are humanity's only hope, but the final flickering flame of civilization could be snuffed out for good when Earth's last survivors start vanishing in the new sci-fi thriller Domain. Ahead of the film's world premiere at the Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival this Sunday, a new clip teases a disturbing disappearance.

Synopsis: "After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, the survivors wait for years and slowly become a motley family of sorts. But their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers."

Written and directed by Nathaniel Atcheson, Domain stars Britt Lower, Ryan Merriman, Sonja Sohn, Beth Grant, William Gregory Lee, Kevin Sizemore, Nick Gomez, and Cedric Sanders.

The
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