Monthly Archives: September 2015

Meet Mama West

Hallelujah!  After wondering the status of Iris West’s mother during all last season of The Flash, we’re finally going to meet her.  Vanessa Williams (Soul Food) has been cast to play Iris’ mother in the show’s upcoming second season.

According to Variety, everything about her appearance is being kept hush-hush.  I’ll admit I’m chomping at the bit to know more, but at this point, I’m just happy that we’re finally going to get more backstory about the West family.

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Rosewood star, “My character is very Latina”

Rosewood premiered last week as the lead in to the juggernaut that is Empire, and while the show looks like a fairly standard crime procedural at first, one look at the cast photo tell you this is not standard TV. The lead actor is is Black. the lead actress is Latina and several of the supporting roles are minorities as well.

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Not your standard cast, is it?

Jaina Lee Ortiz, who plays Detective Annalise Villa, recently had a sit down with the Huffington Post about what it was like to be one of the very few Latina leads on TV:

My character is very Latina, let’s be real. She’s feisty, she has attitude, she is sexy but I feel that because of her range and what she’s been through as a person she can connect to any race.”

She draws inspiration from her father, an actual homicide detective in New York:

“I love playing Villa mainly because I draw so much inspiration from my dad,” she told HuffPost. “I basically call my dad up and he has all the answers.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

Rosewood airs Wednesdays on Fox at 8pm ET/PT

A Female Indian TV Critic takes a look at Quantico

When I am watching a show that features a minority character, I often wonder how members of that minority feel as they watch the same show. Do they watch the show and think, “Wow, that’s me up there!” or do they cringe and wish the show had never seen the light of day? Is any representation good or does the type of representation matter?

Sonia Saraiya is the TV critic at Salon.com. She is also a woman who is a first generation Indian-American. So what does she think of Quantico and Priyanka Chopra’s character? Here’s the title of her piece in Salon this morning:

Priyanka Chopra’s “Quantico”: Cool, charismatic, complex Alex Parrish — the Indian-American heroine I’ve been waiting for
The new ABC show—pitched as “Homeland meets Grey’s Anatomy”—breaks new ground for Indians on American TV

Yup, she likes it. But not just because Alex Parrish is a Indian-Americna woman like her, but because the character breaks the usual mold of Indian characters she sees on TV. While she recognizes that Indians have rather easy compared to other minorities, since Indians are often portrayed as doctors or some other professional, as she says:

“…the subtext is that an Indian-American woman can be an American hero—or an American villain—just as much as the next person. We don’t have to be doctors or in arranged-marriage plots in order to see ourselves on television. “Quantico” is little more than a fantastical sandbox full of gadgets and car crashes, sure; but for once, I feel actually invited to play.”

You can read the entire article here.

Grace Jones writes her memoirs, and it drops tomorrow

Can you believe Grace Jones is 67?  We all know black don’t crack but this is ridiculous. Check out the cover shot from her autobiography:

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This woman made a deal with the devil, I’m telling you!

The title of the book is a line from her song Art Groupie, and we are very glad changed her mind. This woman has been there and done that for decades, so this has got be a must-read. as the official description says:

“I’ll Never Write My Memoirs follows this ageless creative nomad as she rejects her strict religious upbringing in Jamaica; conquers New York, Paris, and the 1980s; answers to no-one; and lives to fight again and again.”

The book goes on sale tomorrow.

Shondaland sells third show to ABC

Do not stand in front of the train that is Shondaland, it will run your butt over. Shonda Rhimes’s winning streak continues with yet another new new show coming to ABC. The laest show is about doctors in Baghdad during the war trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers. Get this, the script is being written by Zoanne Clack, current producer of Grey’s Anatomy and a former ER doctor. Sounds like it could pretty authentic.

Shondaland currently owns Thursday night on ABC when Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder all air back to back. As we have previously reported ABC has also picked up Shonda’s drama about nuns in a convent and Splitsville a comedy about divorce. In addition ABC had picked already picked The Catch, a drama about a female fraud investigator.

It’s beginning to look like we should just rename ABC The Shonda Channel. I’m OK with that.

FLOTUS Gets Animated

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First Lady Michelle Obama is going to be appearing in an upcoming episode of Disney Junior’s popular Doc McStuffins.

The First Lady appears as herself on the series, when a group of children visit 1600 Pennsylvania for a tour. In a clip released by Disney Junior the First Lady praises the kids for making a difference in their communities.

According to Variety, the First Lady later appoints Doc McStuffins to the position of “official toy doctor” at the White House. Talk about adorable. [Time]

I wish I’d had this type of representation on children’s shows when I was a little girl.  I’m so happy for all the little children of color who will get to witness this.  It’s so important.  Kudos to Disney and the show’s executive producers for making this happen, and a special kudos to the First Lady for agreeing to do it.

Check out the sneak peek below.

The episode is slated to air on Monday, Oct. 5 on Disney Junior.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 3 Cast Photos

Finally!  FOX has finally released the cast photos for season three.  Better late than never, right?

Goddesses.  Both of them.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Nicole Behave as Abbie. SLEEPY HOLLOW Season Three premieres Monday, Oct.1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Nicole Behave as Abbie  ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny. SLEEPY HOLLOW Season Three premieres Monday, Oct.1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny  ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX

Season three of Sleepy Hollow premieres on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 9 pm/EST.