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We have to admit we were rather late to the party when it came to Michaela Coel and her hit Netflix series, Chewing Gum. We instantly fell in love with the comedy and as we learned about “Tracey Gordon”,  her hilarious family and friends, and her journey towards love and sexual liberation. Indeed, Chewing Gum is probably the closest thing the United Kingdom will ever get to Issa Rae’s Insecure–or maybe it’s the other way around since her series debuted first back in 2015. Either way our hearts are broken as we have learned there are no plans for a third season of Chewing Gum!

Michaela Coel confirmed last night that she had not even begun writing a third season for Chewing Gum,  citing she felt she had reached a “creative peak” with the series.

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Michaela Coel as “Tracey Gordon” in Netflix’s “Chewing Gum” comedy series

“Michaela is not currently writing a third series of Chewing Gum as she is focussing on some other projects,” the rep said, “but is not closing the door to the possibility in the future.”

Channel 4 confirmed the news in a statement. “Chewing Gum is a vibrant, hilarious and unique comedy of which we are incredibly proud. Though there currently aren’t any plans for a 3rd series, we hope to work with the hugely talented Michaela Coel again soon.”

The statements follow a report in Broadcast which claimed that Coel had told Channel 4 she had “reached a creative peak” with Chewing Gum.

 

Michaela has since confirmed this news via Twitter:

 

 

This news really sucks! This is an amazing series and from the research we have done brought some much needed diversity to UK television and roles for minority actors. We know Michaela wrote both seasons of the series alone, but here is where a writing team comes into play, to help alleviate some of the creative burden. We will definitely continue to support Michaela in the future, but will always have a soft spot for Tracey Gordon. Here’s hoping a third season will come once Ms. Coel excels beyond her “peak!”

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Check It Out! “Riverdale” (@CW_Riverdale) Drops Poster for Season 3, Reveals Archie’s New Nemesis!

Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third sea

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Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third season!

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Riverdale Season 3 Poster

As you may already know, Season 2 of Riverdale ended with Archie being framed and arrested for murder by his girlfriend, Veronica Lodge’s, father, Hiram. It was a surprising end to a city that saw the denizens of Riverdale take a beating from serial killers and finally local thugs and white collar criminals claimed nearly all of the town for themselves. We do not know much about this upcoming season, but we can assure there is a new baddie on the horizon.

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Penelope Ann Miller as Ms. Wright in “Riverdale”

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Archie, you in danger gurl.

This season on Riverdale, the ginger hero (KJ Apa) finds himself framed for murder by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and dealing with the town’s prosecutor, Ms. Wright (Penelope Ann Miller). EW has your exclusive first look at Miller in her role.

Given Hiram’s control over most of the town, it feels safe to assume that he might have his hooks into Ms. Wright, too.

Archie and company have their work cut out for themselves if they’re going to save Riverdale! Tune October 10 at 9 PM EST when the new season premieres!

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The Laughs Don’t Stop! Lil Rel’s New Series “REL” (@RELOnFox) is the “Martin” of Our Times!

If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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Sinbad, Lil Rel Howery, and Jordan L. Jones in Rel (2018)

The series centers on Rel a male nurse living in Chicago whose wife recently left him after he discovers she cheated on him with his barber. What should be a heartbreaking situation is tempered with laughter when his best friend Brittany (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore) suggests he get back at his barber by getting with his alleged love interest, Monica, nicknamed “Loose Boots Monica.” The laughs ensue further as his younger brother–fresh out of prison–Nat (Jordan L. Jones) and his father (played by Sinbad) clown him just as hard. Rel must pull his life together and endure the ridicule of the community to move on with his life and readjust to being “Rel” again.

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Lil Rel is hands down one of the funniest comedians alive and this new series is only the latest come up in his career. From being a local Chicago celebrity, then appearing in his roles on Get Out and Insecure, and now his own self-titled series on FoxRel is easily the Martin (Lawrence) show of our times. Nostalgia is an awesome marketing tool and when you see this series you will easily feel as happy and elated as you did from the great sitcoms of the nineties and early 2000s that also include Living Single, Half & Half, and to a lesser degree All Of Us.

Lil Rel you are seriously making moves man and we love you for it. Catch Rel this Sunday, September 9th right after the football game! Happy viewing!

What do you guys think of Lil Rel’s new show? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Congrats! Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) Lands Late-Night Show on TNT!

Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

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Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

via Variety

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TNT is expanding its relationship with “Claws” star Niecy Nash.

The cabler has ordered a pilot for a late-night series that Nash will host and executive produce. Currently titled “Naked with Niecy Nash,” the series would see Nash offer advice on love, sex, romance and relationships with everyday people.

Sue Murphy, who served as an executive producer and writer on the Netflix talk show “Chelsea” and as an executive producer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” will serve as an executive producer and showrunner on the pilot.

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Should the project get ordered to series, it would mark the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Nash would also be one of only two female late-night hosts on network TV, with the other being Samantha Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal” on fellow Turner network TBS.

“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” said Nash. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride! TNT is the perfect partner for me in this endeavor! Adding an experienced and amazing executive producer and showrunner like Sue Murphy to this mix was the cherry on top.”

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Niecy Nash really is “living her best life” and we are super psyched to see Naked with Niecy Nash! We wonder who her guests will be. There is no doubt her Claws  cast mates will be stopping by and she is also great friends with a number of comedians, including Cedric The Entertainer. Congrats again!

 

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