Octavia Spencer Limited Series ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ Nabs Netflix Pickup

Congrats, Octavia. Can’t wait to see this one! The Academy Award winner will executive produce and star in this series about the first black, self-made female millionaire. Netflix will tell the story of the first black, self-made female millionaire. The streamer has given a series order to executive producer Octavia Spencer’s Madam C.J. Walker, which stars the Academy Award winner as Sarah Breedlove, a black … Continue reading Octavia Spencer Limited Series ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ Nabs Netflix Pickup

Kenya Barris Officially Exits ABC Studios Pact, Eyes Nine-Figure Netflix Mega-Deal

The ‘Black-ish’ creator and ‘Girls Trip’ writer had grown dissatisfied with the broadcast affiliated studio and, sources say, could join Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy at the streaming giant with a nine-figure overall deal. It’s official: Black-ish showrunner and Girls Trip writer Kenya Barris is leaving his longtime home at ABC Studios as sources say he could become the next mega-producer to ink a nine-figure … Continue reading Kenya Barris Officially Exits ABC Studios Pact, Eyes Nine-Figure Netflix Mega-Deal

Felicity Huffman Among Trio Joining Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Drama

Ava DuVernay is filling out the cast of her upcoming Netflix limited series Central Park Five. Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo have boarded the four-episode narrative series, which will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. They join the previously cast stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo. Central … Continue reading Felicity Huffman Among Trio Joining Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Drama

Shonda Rhimes Unveils Slate of Eight Netflix Series

Nearly a year after sending shockwaves through the TV community with her move to Netlfix, Shonda Rhimes has unveiled the full slate of eight series she is currently working on for the streaming giant. In addition to the previously announced take on New York Magazine story “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People,” Rhimes (who will pen the Delvey drama) is working on seven … Continue reading Shonda Rhimes Unveils Slate of Eight Netflix Series

Tiffany Haddish, Hollywood’s New Comedy Queen, Has One Crazy Story to Tell

Hop aboard a boozy cross-country trip as the riotous rising star first opens up about new projects (a Judd Apatow film, her own TV show, ‘Girls Trip 2’), then the time she hit on Leonardo DiCaprio, got blown off by Roseanne Barr (“She been racist, why’d you all give her a TV show?”) and, yes, who really bit Beyonce. We’ve just reached cruising altitude when … Continue reading Tiffany Haddish, Hollywood’s New Comedy Queen, Has One Crazy Story to Tell

Critic’s Notebook: In ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ Boots Riley Makes Much-Needed Room for Black Weirdness

The new comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson is the rare film to feature deeply eccentric black characters who transcend the usual angry/noble dichotomy. In the buzzy, Sundance-feted comedy Sorry to Bother You, in theaters July 6, writer-director newcomer Boots Riley lets his black working-class freak flag fly — and he is mostly unconcerned with whether or not you’re following his trippy parade. Saturated … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: In ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ Boots Riley Makes Much-Needed Room for Black Weirdness

5 Reasons Why Outlander Is The Best Show On TV

There’s no denying that we’ve been experiencing an era of peak TV for a few years now, but I believe there’s one show that stands above the rest when it comes to offering viewers everything they could want. And that show, my friends, is the Starz epic, Outlander. The time-traveling drama, which will enter into its fourth season this fall, hasn’t really made a misstep … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Outlander Is The Best Show On TV