Monthly Archives: August 2015

Shonda Rimes Strikes Again: part 2

In addition to the Splitsville comedy, Shonda Rhimes is developing for ABC that we previously told you about, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that she is also developing another new hour long drama for the network. The drama takes place in a Bronx Convent that is facing closure when three new novices arrive and long buried secrets see the light of day.

DGA releases it’s list of Best and Worst TV shows for Women and Minority Directors

The Director’s Guild of American has released their list of best and worst TV Shows for minority and women directors.

The survey included more than 3,900 episodes produced in the 2014-15 network television season and the 2014 cable television season from more than 270 scripted series. Minorities (male and female) directed 18% of all episodes, representing a 1% decrease over the prior year.

The guild noted that the 3,910 episodes in the 2014-15 season — a 10% increase in total episodes over the prior season’s 3,562 — generated more directing jobs for women, with 618 total episodes. That represented a 21% year-over-year growth rate from 509 in the prior season.

The DGA also said the total number of individual women directors employed in episodic television grew 16% to 149 from 129.

See the complete Best and Worst lists in Variety.

Rowan Blanchard Proves Intersectional Feminism Just Isn’t That Hard

Intersectional Feminism is so easy, 13 year old Rowan Blanchard from Girl Meets World gets it. In response to a question on her Tumblr about the phrase “White Feminism” she provided a thoughtful, intelligent response. This gives me hope for the future. Are you listening Taylor Swift?

~Slate Article

Ballet and Broadway: Misty Copeland is interviewed by the NYPost

The NYPost talks to Misty Copeland about her Broadway debut, her new fiancee, and her early life growing up in LA.

NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: For Pulse. Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is pictured in the Lyric Theatre on August 14, 2015. Copeland will star in her first broadway show dancing the role of 'Ivy Smith' in the current production of 'On The Town.' (Anne Wermiel/NY Post)
NEW YORK – AUGUST 14: For Pulse. Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is pictured in the Lyric Theatre on August 14, 2015. Copeland will star in her first broadway show dancing the role of ‘Ivy Smith’ in the current production of ‘On The Town.’ (Anne Wermiel/NY Post)

WGN America Plans 100-Episode Binge Event for Person of Interest and Elementary

From TVGuide.com,

Tired of waiting for Person of Interest and Elementary to return from hiatus? WGN America has your solution.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, WGN America, the exclusive cable home of both series, will launch its new “Prime Crime” programming block and offer a 100-episode binge event. Over two weeks, the cable channel will air 100 episodes of the two shows, starting from the very beginning of each series.

Article is here

Alfre Woodard Cast in Luke Cage

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I was already looking forward to this Netflix show, but now that Alfre has joined the cast, I’m downright excited.

Per Deadline:

Woodard will play a lead character listed on the breakdown as Minetta, a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life. No one is commenting, but I hear she may actually be playing a version of Marvel villain Black Mariah, a nemesis to Luke Cage as well as Iron Fist. In the comics, she is a professional criminal and a drug dealer.

 

Tessa Thompson makes Variety’s List of 10 Actors to Watch

Selma actress Teesa Thompson is on Variety’s Watch List!

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Variety’s VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos says, “Actors to Watch turn up in edgy little indies, studio blockbusters and from all corners of the world. You’ll see some of these actors in upcoming Awards Season films and you will have seen some of them in current summer hits. We feel they all have one thing in common: uncommonly bright futures.”

Read about it here.