Y’all. Y’all. Did you watch The Walking Dead last night? Did you? Because if you didn’t, you missed something momentous taking place. You missed a glorious culmination three long, frustrating seasons in the making. You missed the coming together of what is inarguably the most badass couple on television.
If you were unfortunate enough to miss the show last night, you also missed the wonder that was Michonne and Rick finally taking their relationship to the next level. And it was as amazing as I’ve always imaged it would be. It was…perfect. And I don’t use that term lightly. There’s no other way to describe it. It was tender and playful and sexy and sensuous. As usual, Danai Gurira’s and Andrew Lincoln’s natural chemistry was palpable, and they made what could have been an awkward first coupling both sweet and hot at the same time.
A few days ago Shonda Rhimes, producer of just about every show on ABC, participated in the recent round of TED talks in Vancouver BC. TED stand for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the talks cover just about every conceivable topic, my personal favorite is about how being an introvert is perfectly OK even when everyone is telling you isn’t.
Shonda’s talk was about her year of saying Yes to everything; as the TED website described it:
Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes” and find out how she got her hum back.
Channing Dungey has been named to replace Paul Lee as president of ABC. She becomes the first black person to head a major broadcast network. She was formerly the executive VP of Drama for the network, a position that allowed her to develop many of ABC’s successful dramas, including Scandal, Quantico, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, How to Get Away With Murder and American Crime.
No surprise, many of the most successful dramas on her list have POC in key roles. I’m looking forward to seeing more original programming from ABC that includes juicy roles for POC. Hey Matt Damon, see what happens when you have POC behind the camera? You get POC in front of the camera! Shocking!
Channing responded to the news with this statement:
“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity. And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”
Several more characters have been cast in Ava DuVernay’s new TV show Queen Sugar, based on Natalie Baszile’s novel of the name that follow the trials and tribulations of a group of sublings trying to save teh fmaily sugar cane farm. So far we already have Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) cast. Here’s the scoop on the newly announced cast members:
Tina Lifford (Minority Report, Scandal) will portray Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, described as a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with a younger man, played by Omar Dorsey (Django Unchained)
Dondré Whitfield (Mistresses)will play Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist
Timon Kyle Durrett (72 Hours) Davis West, a professional basketball player married to Bordelion sibling Charley
Nicholas L. Ashe (Are We There Yet?) will play Micha, Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son who, despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.
Apparently Maya Rudolph and Martin Short killed it on the SNL 40th Anniversary Special, they got a show out of it. Come May we will seeing Maya and Marty in Manhattan on our screens on NBC. I know this sounds like an odd pairing, I can see it working. Both of them are incredibly versatile.
Lorne Michaels, legendary SNL producer, will executive produce and the show will air live from NBC’s 30 Rock studios. While the exact format is still being worked out, according to Variety it’s expected to be a contemporary spin on The Carol Burnett Show, with musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests. If you recall The Maya Rudolph Show special that aired in 2014, that was supposed to be a trial run for this show.
Will you be watching? Personally I miss The Carol Burnett Show so I’m really hoping they do manage to recreate some that magic.
HBO has released the trailer for their movie Confirmation. The movie, which we have written about this movie before on this site, stars Karry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. We all know how this ended, Thomas got the post and very undistinguished career on the court while Anita got beat up by a bunch of white guys in the confirmation hearing and in a nasty book (that was later repudiated by the author).
Here’s the trailer:
The hearing did, however, succeed in bringing sexual harassment into the national spotlight. Anita has risen above her shameful treatment by the right wing and has become a distinguished law professor. Success is the best revenge!
SNL alum Nasim Pedrad has scored a pilot order from Fox for her show about a 14 year-old Middle eastern boy who has to assume the duties of The Man of the House while negotiating his way through adolescence. Nasim will be playing the boy, and she co-wrote the script.
“I’m thrilled to be able to portray a Middle Eastern family not working for or against Jack Bauer on network TV,” remarked Nasim. “Also, a big thank you to Fox for understanding that my true essence is that of an awkward and misguided 14-year-old boy.”
In pitching the project, Pedrad, who is drawing upon her upbringing and heritage for the pilot, stressed her desire to portray a realistic Iranian American family living in the U.S., representing not only the Iranian American community, but also offering an authentic portrayal of the larger immigrant experience. Sources close to the show say the series aims to be relatable to all teenagers who experience struggles with fitting in.
When I first heard about this show I was all WTF? As I read more about, the idea is growing on me. I’ll take all the diversity I can get on my screen right now.
You probably missed the fact that Brian Fuller was named as the new showrunner for CBS’s entry into the Star Trek universe. So you’re wondering why the heck you should care that yet another white dude got a job in Hollywood? Check out this bit from interview he gave in 2013:
I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show but that’s in the future to be told.
Brian, the future is NOW. You’ve been named the new showrunner, make it so! (Sorry, had to work that in)
The fans seem to the there for this casting the hashtag #CaptainAngelaBassett has sprung up since the announcement that Brian is the new boss.