Connect with us

Published

on

Fox has canceled six Black-led television series; REL, The Cool Kids, Lethal Weapon, Proven Innocent, Star, and now Empire, issues of diversity and racism are now swarming. Fox’s CEO, Charlie Collier, is addressing the issues, stating that diversity and inclusion are still a priority at the network. He also plans to make Empire’s  series finale a television event, but states there are no plans to bring Jussie Smollett back. Smollett’s character, “Jamal Lyon,” is one of the few openly Black Gay characters on network television.

via Deadline & The Grapevine

charlie collier

Charlie Collier, Fox CEO

Deadline reports that after five seasons of twists, turns and trysts, the Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson-led series will be bowing out after its upcoming sixth season.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying to go out guns a blazing,” Fox CEO Charlie Collier said of what will be Empire’s final season. “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

And no, Fox has no plans whatsoever to involve embattled actor Jussie Smollett in any future episodes as the show rides off into the sunset. But thanks for asking.

empire

“There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that,” he said. Which sounds a lot like when you break up with your girlfriend, but aren’t quite ready to post memes about inner strength and moving on on Instagram.

Empire serves as the latest show on the network to get the axe. But more specifically, it’s the latest featuring a black lead.

This announcement of Empire’s demise comes on the heels of Fox pulling the plug on the Damon Wayans helmed-Lethal Weapon, Lil’ Rel Howery’s Rel, Russell Hornsby’s Proven Innocent, Lee Daniels’ Star and David Alan Grier’s The Cool Kids, denoting a troubling trend at the network.

But Collier insists that unlike other rival networks, diversity will remain a priority at Fox.

“The diversity of Fox is an issue that is so important and an ongoing effort for us to make sure we’re best in class. As I was looking at Fox and joining, what’s remarkable is that the history of this company and what it’s done in terms of diversity,” Collier said. “If you look across our slate in terms of scripted and unscripted and sports, we really are doing a good job but the job never stops. The effort continues, it never stops.”

We are also wondering what diversity looks like for Fox in the future, especially with Disney and the former’s merger. Black television series are often used to boost numbers on networks in distress, but in turn are often the first canceled. Interestingly, the rumor mill is churning and states there may be an Empire spin-off based on Gabourney Sidibe and Nicole Ari Parker’s characters. We will keep you posted.

 

 

Television & Radio

Netflix & Shondaland Set Cast for Upcoming “Bridgerton” Series

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

Published

on

bridgerton cast

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

QUOTE FROM CREATOR CHRIS VAN DUSEN:

“We could not have found a more gifted group of actors to bring Bridgerton to life.  When creating this series, the goal was to turn a very traditional genre on its head and make something fresh, smart, sexy and fun. That’s exactly what this cast embodies and I’m ridiculously excited to see them inhabit these characters and captivate viewers in their own incredibly brilliant ways.”

CAST:

 Phoebe Dynevor bridgerton

PHOEBE DYNEVOR (Younger, Dickensian) will play “DAPHNE BRIDGERTON.”

The picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart.  Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.

Rege-Jean Page bridgerton

REGÉ-JEAN PAGE (For The People, Roots) will play “SIMON BASSET.”

Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage-minded misses and ambitious mamas alike.  Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.

Golda Rosheuvel bridgerton

GOLDA ROSHEUVEL (Silent Witness, Lady MacBeth) will play “QUEEN CHARLOTTE.”

The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings.  It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.

(more…)

Continue Reading

Television & Radio

FX & FXX In Full Effect! Check Out Clips from The Upcoming Seasons of “Snowfall,” “Baskets,” & “Archer!”

Published

on

archer fx

FX and FXX are really making waves on the Small Screen, thanks to the amazing and original series like Snowfall, Baskets, and Archer. Each one of these series is critically acclaimed and captivating! Thankfully, we have got a few clips from each of these hit series to keep you enthralled! Check them out below, oh, and Happy viewing!

Baskets | Season 4 Ep. 1: Dale’s Sabbatical Highlight | FX
DESCRIPTION:  Chip visits Dale at his new home. It goes off with a bang. This season continues on Thursdays at 10p.m. ET/PT on FX.

BASKETS

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/basketsfx

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/basketsfx

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BasketsFX

(more…)

Continue Reading

Television & Radio

The Category is “RENEWED SERIES!” FX Renews “Pose” (@PoseOnFox) Early for a Third Season!

Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

Published

on

pose fx

Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

via Deadline

indya moore as angel in pose

Indya Moore as “Angel” in FX’s “Pose”

On the heels of its Season 2 premiere, FX has given an early third season renewal to its groundbreaking drama series Pose, from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

The June 11 season two premiere of Pose was the series’ most watched episode, drawing 1.2 million total viewers and 572,00 adults 18-49, generating series high ratings in viewers, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key women demos. The season two premiere telecast outperformed the series premiere episode by +10% in A18-49 and +7% in total viewers. In all, the premiere telecast, two encores and streaming have delivered 1.8 million total viewers in the first five days. Pose joins American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck and The Shield as FX drama series that outperformed their series premiere telecast.

“Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

We are extremely happy another season of Pose is on the way. We love this show and the amazing stories it is telling about marginalized people who managed to create a subculture that survived during the darkest of times. Kudos to the executives over at FX!

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Trending

%d bloggers like this: