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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

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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.

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“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.

 

 

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[VIDEO] The CW’s “Arrow” Airs Series Finale Tonight! The Cast Sends Their Goodbyes

It is hard to believe it has been eight years since Stephen Amell donned the “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” costume and persona to become one of television’s greatest superheroes in “Arrow.” The series has greatly impacted television, spawning a network of spinoff and related series, known as the “Arrowverse,” which has grown to encompass every DC Comics-related television series spanning over six decades into a multiverse. Now, tonight, the show that began it all–that connects it all–will air its final episode.

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It is hard to believe it has been eight years since Stephen Amell donned the “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” costume and persona to become one of television’s greatest superheroes in “Arrow.” The series has greatly impacted television, spawning a network of spinoff and related series, known as the “Arrowverse,” which has grown to encompass every DC Comics-related television series spanning over six decades into a multiverse. Now, tonight, the show that began it all–that connects it all–will air its final episode.

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“Arrow” cast, Season 8

We hate to see the cast of “Arrow” go as it is has brought some of comics’ most popular or obscure superheroes, (besides Green Arrow) like Black Canary (Dinah Drake, Dinah Laurel Lance), Ragman, The Atom (Ray Palmer), Mr. Terrific, Huntress, Red Arrow, Speedy, etc. Stephen, himself, took to Instagram with the following statement regarding the end of his show:

The cast of “Arrow” also created a send off video from “TV Guide.” Check it out below:

Stephen and the rest of the cast will be greatly missed, but we are sure this is not the last we have seen of them in the Arrowverse.

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Arrow — “Green Arrow & The Canaries” — Image Number: AR809b_0627r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary, Katherine McNamara as Mia and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Also, as above mentioned, the sequel/spinoff to the series set in 2040, “Green Arrow & The Canaries” is set to start this Fall. It will center on Oliver Queen’s daughter, Mia Smoak, as she becomes the new Green Arrow, assisted by both Black Canary and Black Siren.

We want to say thank you to The CW and the cast of “Arrow” for some amazing stories and this amazing universe it leaves behind. We wish you all the absolute best!

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Ellen’s Game of Games – Local Atlanta contestant on Tuesday!

Primetime’s #1 game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” is in full swing for season three, delivering unpredictable twists, more belly laughs and several brand new, never-before-seen games.

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Primetime’s #1 game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” is in full swing for season three, delivering unpredictable twists, more belly laughs and several brand new, never-before-seen games.

Tomorrow, January 28 brings us: Another One Bites The Crust

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Ellen DeGeneres welcomes contestants to play “Taste Buds,” “Danger Word,” “Mazed and Confused” and for double the fun, “You Bet Your Wife” with Atlanta-based twins, Marla Pruitte and Marcie ColemanMarla Pruitte, an entrepreneur and Marcia Coleman, who works at Palmer House Realty bring tons of energy to the show!

The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to “Know or Go” and the person who wins that game advances to “Hot Hands” for a chance to win a cash prize.  Stephen “tWitch” Boss serves as announcer.

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Multi award-winning television host, producer, writer, actress and entertainment powerhouse Ellen DeGeneres brings her high-energy comedy to NBC primetime as host and executive producer of the reality competition show, which also features Stephen “tWitch” Boss as announcer.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from DeGeneres’ award-winning daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Contestants are pulled from the audience and must maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown – all in a quest to win a big cash prize.

In addition this season, DeGeneres has convinced several of her celebrity friends to join in on the fun.

Every episode will feature DeGeneres’ mischievous personality along with a raucous roster of games, including familiar favorites “Blindfolded Musical Chairs,” “Dizzy Dash” and “You Bet Your Wife” as well as some big and new additions for this season that include “Mazed and Confused,” “Runaway Bride,” “Dirty Laundry” and “Buckin’ Blasters.” The high-pressure moments and unexpected results will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Contestants play different games over four rounds. The winner of each round advances to play “Know or Go.” The winner of “Know of Go” gets the chance to play an epic game of “Hot Hands” where they have to guess as many answers as they can in a designated amount of time.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Derek Westervelt, Daniel Norris, Noah Bonnett and Jeff Kleeman.

Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures.

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It Continues…”Lifetime” Prepares “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

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Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Jeffrey Epstein, as you may recall, is a financier and convicted sex offender who attained young women, many of them underage, for himself and his elite social circle to sexually abuse.

via Complex

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Variety writes that the announcement was shared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The docuseries was initially declared to be in development last summer and is expected to air on Lifetime this summer.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 and accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking multiple underage girls. A lot of eyes were on the case due to the fact that he mingled with a number of powerful people in Washington D.C. and beyond.

He had been charged with such crimes before, receiving a soft plea deal in 2008 from former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who resigned as the U.S. Labor Secretary when the specifics behind the deal surfaced during Epstein’s new arrest.

In August, Epstein died in his cell in a New York detention center in an alleged suicide, though many have theorized that he was murdered.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein will come from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment and will be directed by Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Christopher Mason—a contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest—is also attached to the project. Shura Davidson and Gena McCarthy will executive produce.

We wonder what celebrities, if any, are involved with this documentary. Being that he committed suicide, and his connections, run deep, we hope they are operating with the utmost caution!

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