Dear White People

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Dear White People is a satire set in the fictitious ivy, Winchester University with a majority white student body. The main characters of the film are Sam White (Tessa Thompson) – a militant black student with a radio show on campus titled “Dear White People,” Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) – a black, gay student who doesn’t seem to fit in with the gays or the blacks, Troy Fletcher (Brandon P. Bell) – the big man on campus that is seen more as a token and an uncle tom to some black students and Colandrea Conners aka Coco (Teyonah Parris) – the beautiful, darker skinned beauty who tries so hard to get away from her “ghetto” roots and blend in with the other white students. The movie centers on what leads up to the highly inappropriate hip hop, ghetto fabulous themed Halloween party that wants attendees to “unleash your inner negro.” Continue reading

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ & ‘Black-Ish’ Get Full-Season Orders At ABC

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Not surprising especially since last night’s episode of Blackish went up in ratings from the 2nd week.

Originally posted on Deadline:

The two new fall series with the biggest premiere ratings are the first to get full-season orders. ABC has handed drama How To Get Away With Murder and ANTHONY ANDERSON, LAURENCE FISHBURNEcomedy Black-ish pickups for two and nine more episodes, respectively, bringing their first-season orders to 15 and 22 episodes, respectively. The size of HTGAWM’s pickup stems from the deal for star Viola Davis. Like other top movie actors who sign on for broadcast series, including The Following‘s Kevin Bacon, they only agree if the orders is limited, so they can also pursue feature projects. No doubt that if it could’ve, ABC would’ve gladly ordered 22 episodes from the red-hot drama.

HTGAWM, part of ABC’s Shondaland Thursday night, opened with a 3.9 Live+same day rating in adults 18-49, and Black-ish started with a 3.3 to finish 1-2 among all new fall series in the demo.

As part of Black-ish‘s full-season pickup…

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NEW SHOW ALERT: SEQUESTERED

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Check out the trailer for the new Crackle original series, Sequestered starring Jesse Bradford (Bring It On, Swimfan), Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity), and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Rules of Engagement). It’s about a jury sequestered in a hotel while deliberating a kidnapping/murder court case with lots of blackmail, corruption and intrigue. Danny Firmin (Bradford), a young attorney with a promising career, begins to uncover a major conspiracy behind his big case defending the alleged murderer of Governor Mark Bennett’s (Warburton) 8-year-old son. Sequestered juror Anna (Glau) is forced to choose between her beliefs and the safety of her family while deliberating the fate of a potentially innocent man. Surprising alliances form, sparking tensions and testing morals as Anna puts her life on the line to expose the conspiracy and find true justice for all involved.  It looks like it’s going to be pretty good and who doesn’t love Summer Glau. It premieres August 5th on crackle.com.

 

Emmy Nominations 2014: The 44 Biggest Snubs!


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TVLine can express what I feel on these so much better than I can.

Originally posted on TVLine:

When it come to Emmy nominations, there’s no four-letter word more foul than “snub” — and we uttered it more than once during this morning’s announcement of the 2014 contenders.

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2014 Emmy Nominations: Little Surprises, Plenty Of Snubs

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The 2014 Emmy nominations were announced this morning by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and Carson Daly (The Voice). Nominations were pretty standard with a couple of surprises (Fred Armisen, Portlandia, Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (WTF) and Silicon Valley), some first time nominations (Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex and Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart) and A TON of snubs (Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black, The Good Wife, Shameless just to name a few). HBO’s Game of Thrones leads with 19 nominations followed by FX’s Fargo with 18 and Breaking Bad with 16.  Check out the full list of nominees below.

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‘Star Wars’ Adds ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie

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Yesss!!! This Star Wars cast is shaping up quite nicely.

Originally posted on Variety:

Lupita Nyong’o, who won the best supporting Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” and “Game of Thrones'” Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

It was not revealed which characters the two will play.

Christie plays Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s “Thrones,” and recently joined Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –- Part 2.”

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

The “Episode VII” cast also includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Abrams is directing from a script that he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan.

The film is shooting now and will bow…

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Save the Dates! 80+ June Premieres and Finales

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June Premiere Dates!!!

Originally posted on TVLine:

TV Calendar 2014 June“Year-round programming” was a recurring theme at this year’s network Upfront presentations — and our handy calendar of more than 80 June premieres and finales would seem to support that claim.

Among the returning shows, USA Suits back up, Orange Is the New Black serves another sentence, more Major Crimes are solved and True Blood bites into its final season. Brand-new fare includes FX’s Tyrant, HBO’s The Leftovers and a spin-off you may have heard about, Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World.

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Saying goodbye in June, you have Orphan Black (so soon!), Game of Thrones and the series finales for Drop Dead Diva and Californication.

As an added bonus, this calendar boasts not one but two tinted boxes previewing some discerningly curated July and August premieres. Finales are in BOLD. Click on the thumbnail below, and save the dates.

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CW Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows

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The CW, the red headed step child of the broadcast networks, went into its upfront presentation today in the spot it has been since its inception, number 5. While their numbers might be anemic compared to the other broadcast networks as well as some cable networks, they are having their best season in three years. They have launched more successful shows in the past year than the other networks (Whose Line Is It Anyway, Arrow, Reign and The Originals). The only problems the network faces are fixing its Monday night. That day has always been a problem for them with shows going to die there. It’s amazing that Hart of Dixie has survived there for the past 3 seasons. From the looks of their new schedule, they have taken care of that Monday night problem by moving The Originals to lift the night. That will definitely help as The Originals ended its season this week on a high, beating Glee on FOX in total viewers and the 18-49 demo. Check out the new Fall 2014 schedule.  Continue reading

CBS Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows

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Even though their number one spot got taken this year by NBC, CBS can still boast going into their upfront presentation that they are the most watched network in total viewers. They do need to be worried however, as their viewership in the 18-49 advertiser demo has dropped almost 15% in the last year. Their biggest problems are Mondays at 8:30 pm and Fridays at 8 pm. These two time slots have been where shows go to die on the channel.  It seems they have come up with a solution for both of these problems as they have cut down their two hour Monday comedy block to one hour, putting a new drama at 9 pm. They have also decided to keep reality in the Friday 8 pm time slot instead of trying another new drama. Other than that there really isn’t much they are changing. I mean if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. See all the changes in their new Fall 2014 schedule.  Continue reading

ABC Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows

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ABC went into its upfront presentation today in the same place it has been for the last couple of years, in fourth place. While their percentage of viewer decline has been way less than that of the other networks, they still can’t catch a break as all their new dramas and comedies have failed terribly and not even Shonda Rhimes can save them. Their biggest problems are Tuesdays, Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 11 pm and it doesn’t really seem like they tried to change much on the schedule. The biggest change occurs on Tuesday and Thursday. They moved their comedy block an hour earlier on Tuesdays to start the night off. That’s good as it won’t have to go up against FOX’s comedy hour at 9 pm. They moved The Goldbergs to the time slot it should have been in from the beginning, after The Middle. Maybe if they had done that last fall, along with giving Trophy Wife the post Modern Family slot, that show wouldn’t have sunk the way it did. Yes, I’m a little bitter. See here and here. They have also done what I figured they were going to on Thursdays and just made it a Shonda Rhimes night of television. Moving Grey’s Anatomy to 8 pm is definitely going to be a huge challenge as it will be going up against the highest rated comedy on television, The Big Bang Theory. That show could put a huge dent into the ratings of ABC’s highest rated drama. They also moved Scandal to the 9 pm hour which I think would have worked except NBC will be moving The Blacklist to that time slot making it a very competitive hour. For Sunday they finally did what they should have done two years ago, which was move Revenge back to it’s 10 pm time slot. Check out all of these changes in the new Fall 2014 schedule. Continue reading

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