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Black Lightning Adds Wayne Brady as WWII Supersoldier 'Gravedigger'

Black Lightning Adds Wayne Brady as WWII Supersoldier 'Gravedigger'
Wayne Brady will be looking to make a deal with the metahumans of Freeland, in a recurring role on The CW’s Black Lightning.

TVLine has learned that the game show host and Emmy-winning Whose Line Is It Anyway? improv artist is set to play the DC Comics character of Tyson “Gravedigger” Sykes, who will first air in early 2020.

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Black Lightning just this week kicked off Season 3, now airing Mondays at 9/8c.
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‘Diversity Hire’ Workplace Comedy Produced By Felicia D. Henderson Gets Fox Put Pilot Commitment

  • Deadline
In a competitive situation, Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Diversity Hire, a provocative single-camera workplace comedy from the Empire duo of Cameron Johnson and Felicia D. Henderson, producer Darryl Taja (The Perfect Guy) and Empire studio 20th Century Fox TV, where Henderson is under an overall deal.

Written by Johnson, Diversity Hire is described as an irreverent workplace half-hour that will comedically explore our beliefs about race, class, and gender, while pushing the boundaries of political correctness. The show centers on Zenzi Baker, a brilliant, young, African-American, programmer whose life is turned upside down when her boss embroils his successful tech company in a publicity nightmare. To save face, Zenzi, a low-level coder, is plucked from obscurity and promoted to chief diversity and inclusion officer. Her primary qualification? She’s “diverse.”

Henderson executive produces via her WaterWalk Entertainment banner.alongside her longtime manager./producing partner Taja. Johnson is co-executive producer.
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Yes, That's Tisha Campbell as Dr. Davis on The Bold & The Beautiful!

A familiar face is joining the cast of The Bold & The Beautiful. Tisha Campbell will be guest-starring as Dr. Davis in the episode scheduled to air on Friday, Oct. 4! "This genre ain't no joke!" the actress declared on Instagram. "I've never done a soap opera before and they work hard on this set, you hear me? Every one of them bold, beautiful, and are sweethearts to work with." Although best known for her role as Gina on the classic Fox sitcom Martin, Campbell has also appeared on primetime series like Everybody Hates Chris, Rita Rocks, The Protector, Dr. Ken, and Legends Of Chamberlain Heights. Most recently, she played Brooke on Empire and shot a new pilot for a series called Outmatched. View this post on Instagram 1992 was the day the “Martin Show” premiered and we never thought we would be making history, we were just trying to make people laugh.
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Nicole Ari Parker To Star In Family Music Drama ‘Opus’ From Felicia D. Henderson In the Works At Fox

  • Deadline
With Empire coming to an end, Fox is looking to keep co-star Nicole Ari Parker in the fold with a new series. The network has given a script commitment with penalty to Opus, a one-hour family music drama starring and executive produced by Empire‘s Parker, from writer Felicia D. Henderson (Empire), producer Darryl Taja and Empire studio 20th Century Fox TV, where Henderson is under a deal.

Written by Henderson, in Opus, classical and urban music will clash when Willie Mae Gray (Parker), Europe’s most celebrated and only African American conductor, suddenly returns to Baltimore to reinvent her hometown’s crumbling symphony orchestra, while attempting to rebuild the relationship with her teenage son, an underground Mc on the rise.

Parker and Henderson executive produce with Darryl Taja (The Perfect Guy), Stephen Endelman and Kara Feifer. Opus is a co-production of 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment.

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Review: ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’
Eighteen-year-old Tunde Johnson (Steven Silver) isn’t consciously able to explain why he wakes up gasping every day. Every day is the same day, May 28, and every night, he’s murdered by the cops and “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson” is read anew: an upper-middle class, gay high schooler destined to be shot by jumpy officers who don’t know him at all. The interesting crinkle in Ali LeRoi’s coiling drama is that (Besides, notes LeRoi, the first time he dies, he does everything perfectly, placing both hands visibly on the wheel as though he’s been expecting danger his whole life.)

Instead, LeRoi (who created the TV series “Everybody Hates Chris”) and screenwriter Stanley Kalu chooses to wipe the majority of his memories, freeing Tunde to spend this slick, chillwave-injected film embracing life instead of dodging death. But death is coming from someone’s nervous trigger fingers and
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What Happened to Tj Ashford on General Hospital

Viewers don’t see as much of Tj Ashford on General Hospital these days, so it’s totally understandable many aren’t aware of his history in Port Charles. The character first appeared in January of 2012 played by Krys Meyer, but by August, the role had been recast with Everybody Hates Chris actor Tequan Richmond. But when he eventually went on recurring status with the soap, Tj's appearances became less and less frequent. And in November of 2018, the role was recast once again with Tajh Bellow stepping into Tj's shoes. Tj traveled to Port Charles from Baltimore, MD, to live with Shawn Butler when his mother, Jordan Ashford, couldn’t handle raising him anymore. Shawn was reluctant to take him in but felt guilty because he is the son of one of his military buddies whose death he was partly responsible for. Tj enrolled in Port Charles High and befriended Molly Lansing,
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CW Seed Acquires Streaming Rights to ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Seasons 1-4

  • The Wrap
“Schitt’s Creek” will now stream on CW Seed, the network announced on Sunday.

The CW’s digital platform has acquired off-season rights to the Pop TV comedy, with the first four seasons going up on CW Seed on Sunday. The series joins a library which includes originals such as “I Ship It” and the animated “Constantine: City of Demons,” as well as existing shows like “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The L.A. Complex” and “Pushing Daisies.”

“We love everything about ‘Schitt’s Creek’ – the comedy acting, writing, as well as the show’s binge-ability. All of which are perfect for the CW Seed audience,” The CW’s Rick Haskins said. “We’re excited to help expand the awareness and hope to generate new fans of this brilliant series on our free, ad-supported platform.”

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Fanatic Feed: Mindhunter Season 2 Footage, Joss Whedon's The Nevers Adds 12, and More!

Here is a wrap-up of all the news you need to know from July 30, 2019.

Netflix released the official teaser for Mindhunter Season 2.

Starring Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, the series follows two FBI agents in the late 70s who interview a series of serial killers with the hope they can help solve open cases.

The teaser suggests there is one who got away, and Holden Ford and Bill Trench continue their visits with Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) in their quest for answers.

Kemper isn't optimistic they'll catch their man.

The full description for Season 2 follows:

FBI agents Holden Ford (Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) probe further into the psyches of those who have done the unthinkable. With help from psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), they apply their groundbreaking behavioral analysis to hunting notorious serial killers.

The straight to series Joss Whedon fronted The Nevers added a whopping 12 cast members to the HBO sci-fi drama.
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CW Seed to Launch Live Linear Channel

Joseph Baxter Jul 30, 2019

The CW’s content cousin, CW Seed, is getting a live linear streaming channel, on which original content will exist.

The CW’s content delivery strategy is about to get an upgrade in the streaming department, with the announcement of CW Seed Live.

In a content partnership with PeopleTV, The CW will unveil CW Seed Live, eyeing a launch for late fall, reports Deadline. It will manifest as an expanded, 24/7 live-streaming linear take on CW Seed, the 2014-launched à la carte streaming offshoot of the network, compatible on most devices, which houses a handful of original content mostly connected to the DC Arrowverse shows, along with random – often other-network – catalogue content.

CW Seed Live will be the home to some yet-to-be-announced original content, which, as the report teases, will range from documentary series to offerings in the supernatural genre. Additionally, like its platform cousin, Seed Live will not require a subscription,
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CW Seed Will Add Live, Linear Channel In The Fall With PeopleTV As Launch Partner

Exclusive: The CW is adding a live, ad-supported linear extension of its six-year-old digital network CW Seed, with PeopleTV onboard as launch content partner.

CW Seed Live will come online in late fall 2019 via CWSeed.com and the CW Seed app. The app has distribution on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, Chromecast and Android TV. PeopleTV draws from material in Meredith’s People and Entertainment Weekly media brands.

Rick Haskins, Evp Marketing and Digital for the CW, told Deadline in an interview that Seed has been profitable for the past three years. Evenly split between male and female viewers, its median age is 28. “We expect a halo effect from People and Entertainment Weekly content on PeopleTV because it’s closely aligned with our audience,” he said. “We are in negotiations with several other partners for content that we will be announcing soon.” Yet-to-be-announced titles will range from
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‘Black-ish’ Showrunner Shakeup: Courtney Lilly to Run Season 6

  • Variety
Longtime “Black-ish” writer Courtney Lilly has been upped to the role of showrunner for the ABC comedy’s upcoming sixth season.

The move marks the second leadership change at the series since original creator-showrunner Kenya Barris stepped away from ABC for a highly lucrative Netflix deal in 2018.

Lilly replaces Kenny Smith who was brought in to co-showrun season 5 alongside Jonathan Groff. Sources tell Variety that Smith and Groff are stepping aside to focus on development, and will stay on the show as consulting producers. Smith signed a three-year overall deal with ABC soon after being named showrunner in 2018 and will continue to develop projects with ABC Studios.

Lilly, who has been a writer on the hit comedy series since season one, had previously served as a co-executive producer on NBC’s multi-camera comedy “Undateable” and as a co-producer on on Fox animated comedy “The Cleveland Show.” He also was a
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‘Black-ish': Courtney Lilly Promoted to Showrunner for Season 6

  • The Wrap
“Black-ish” executive producer Courtney Lilly has been promoted to showrunner for the ABC comedy’s forthcoming sixth season, ABC Studios announced on Tuesday.

Lilly, who is currently under an overall deal with the studio, has been a writer on the Anthony Anderson-led family comedy since Season 1. He takes over the reins from former co-showrunners Kenny Smith and Jonathan Groff.

Prior to “Black-ish,” Lilly’s credits include the Fox run of “Arrested Development” and “The Cleveland Show,” Upn’s “Everybody Hates Chris,” TBS’s “My Boys,” and “Guys With Kids” and “Undateable” on NBC.

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Lilly’s promotion comes ahead of the Season 6 premiere on Sept. 24. Back in May, ABC picked up another season of “Black-ish” in addition to ordering a full season of the prequel spinoff “Mixed-ish” to air alongside it in the fall.

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Luisa Leschin to Receive Norman Lear Writer’s Award at Imagen Awards

  • Variety
Luisa Leschin is this year’s recipient of the Imagen Awards’ annual Norman Lear Writer’s Award.

“Luisa Leschin’s work with her-highly successful play, “Latins Anonymous,” to her success as co-executive producer for beloved shows such as “George Lopez,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “East Los High,” and now “Mr. Iglesias,” serve as examples of her creative talent and leadership,” said Helen Hernandez, president and founder of the Imagen Foundation.

Leschin executive-produced the Netflix original show “Mr. Iglesias” — a multi cam series that follows a public high school teacher who works at his alma mater — and has appeared in a number of film and television shows including “Saturday Night Fever,” “True Confessions,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Love Boat,” “ER,” “Quincy,” “Falcon Crest” and “Hill St. Blues.”

Norman Lear is a towering legend in the entertainment industry having created some of Hollywood’s most ground-breaking sitcoms,” Leschin said. “He has inspired every writer to
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Chris Rock to Reboot ‘Saw’ Horror Franchise With Lionsgate, Twisted Pictures

  • The Wrap
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are teaming up with Chris Rock to bring a new “Saw” film to theaters on Oct. 23, 2020, Chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Joe Drake announced on Thursday.

Rock will star in the project that he is also executive producing. The film will be produced by longtime “Saw” producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules. Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed three of the most successful films in the “Saw” franchise, will direct this reimagining. The screenplay is based on a story by Rock and written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. Daniel Heffner and the original creators of “Saw,” James Wan and Leigh Whannell, will also executive produce.

“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” Drake said in a statement. “‘Saw’ is one of the highest
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Chris Rock To Reboot ‘Saw’ Franchise With Lionsgate & Twisted Pictures

  • Deadline
Chris Rock To Reboot ‘Saw’ Franchise With Lionsgate & Twisted Pictures
Chris Rock is teaming with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for a fresh reimagining on the next Saw movie. The comedy multi-hyphenate has written a story which is being adapted by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, and Rock will also executive produce.

Lionsgate has dated the film for an Oct. 23, 2020 release.

“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” said Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake. “Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative
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America's Got Talent Host Terry Crews Is Here to Teach You How to Pec Pop

America's Got Talent Host Terry Crews Is Here to Teach You How to Pec Pop
Terry Crews is a man of many talents. The former NFL player turned to acting with a breakout role in Everybody Hates Chris and now makes viewers laugh weekly on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He added another job to his impressive resume when he hosted America's Got Talent: The Champions. Now, he's transitioning over to the main Agt, taking over for Tyra Banks, and adding another new job to his ever-growing roster of gigs: Teacher. In the video above, Crews teaches you, dear reader and watcher, how to pop your pecs. It's a coveted skill sure to impress, and perhaps startle. Learn how he does it above. Crews takes over the reins of America's Got Talent starting with the season 14 premiere on...
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Critics Pick the Best Alternative Streaming Platforms Beyond Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What is the best current or even upcoming alternative streaming service that is not Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime? Why?

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Freelance

No one really believes me when I say that I’m a big fan of CBS All Access but: I’m a big fan of CBS All Access. “Twilight Zone” is currently the biggest draw (as are other originals “Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Good Fight”) but to be honest, I use it more for watching past series. Because it’s network-specific, its library isn’t as expansive as Hulu or Netflix but it has just the right mix of “Oh, I forgot about that show!” offerings that make for casual, low-energy background viewing. In the past year, I’ve raced through “Caroline in the City,
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DJ Quik Joins Terry Crews and Ludacris Film ‘John Henry’ as Composer, Executive Producer

  • Variety
Hip-hop artist and producer DJ Quik is the latest star to become involved in the forthcoming indie movie “John Henry” with Terry Crews and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. The rapper will produce an original soundtrack for the feature film and also serve as executive producer.

The film, from first-time movie director Will Forbes, is a modern adaption of an African-American folklore of the same name and follows John Henry (Crews) after he abandons a crime-riddled life for a peaceful one in Los Angeles. But when he crosses paths with two immigrant kids who are running from the leader of his former gang, he’s forced to confront the violence of his past life in hopes of saving them.

“When I got the opportunity to score and create music for the legend of John Henry, I had to do it. It’s a story we all grew up on, and when I
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Apa Signs Showrunner And Executive Producer Devon Shepard

  • Deadline
Apa has signed Devon Shepard, the current showrunner and executive producer of Will Packer’s Bigger on Bet.

Shepard’s other recent credits include serving as co-executive producer on The Neighborhood, serving as showrunner on Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights, as well as Bet’s Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union.

His resume also includes TV Land’s The Soul Man, Showtime’s House of Lies, as well as Weeds, Everybody Hates Chris, and MadTV. Shepard recently launched his own production banner, Running with Scissors, headed by George Gore and Matt Ochacher, which is currently developing the Aaron Gunner series Fear of the Dark written by Gar Anthony Haywood that centers on a black private investigator in Compton. The Kwame Kilpatrick story about Detroit’s beloved mayor who’s currently serving a lengthy prison sentence due to corruption as a limited series at Bet as well as the
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Black Women Are an Integral Part of a New Era of TV, and It's Absolutely F*cking Necessary

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It was during a five-hour-plus flight back home from a work trip that I came across The Incredible Jessica James on Netflix (which I initially thought was the first season of a show and was heartbroken to find out I was wrong). The movie has everything I love in my flicks - a quirky (but not annoying) protagonist, an awkward love interest, and that modern millennial romance that makes us wince in secondhand embarrassment, while wishing we had that kind of love. Plus, Jessica James is played by Jessica Williams, who I basically want to be when I grow up. So it's safe to say that I was going to enjoy it. By the end of the movie, I was crying.

She's creative, smart, a little bitter, a lot jaded, full of swagger, and black. Just like me.

I wasn't crying because the movie is particularly heartbreaking
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