The “Master of None” episode Lena Waithe had been reluctant to explore — about her character Denise’s coming out experience — not only earned her an Emmy nomination but also the distinction of being the first black woman nominated for comedy writing. And while she’s reveling in the moment, Waithe is quick to note that progress needs to be made.
“I didn’t know I was the first black woman,” Waithe, who co-wrote the Thanksgiving episode with star and co-creator Aziz Ansari, said during a panel presented Friday at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills by GLAAD, the LGBTQ advocacy group.
It wasn’t until her publicist confirmed the detail with the Television Academy that it sunk in. Mindy Kaling, Waithe pointed out, was the first woman of color to be nominated in the category in 2010 for an episode of “The Office.”
Hollywood has much work to do when it comes to wide-ranging transgender representation on television, according to advocates.
While transgender visibility has no doubt been boosted by mainstream shows such as Amazon's "Transparent" and E! network's "I Am Cait," progress has been incremental. Of the 260-plus LGBTQ characters on television, according to GLAAD figures, only 11 were transgender -- and three of them were on "Transparent."
"Today, media images and representations of transgender people are about 20 years behind where media representations of lesbian and gay and bisexual people are," said Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender media and representation. "We’re sort of where LGB storytelling was in the late ’80s or early ’90s, when it comes to trans people."
As a kid I wasn't attracted to horror movies because I liked to be scared. I liked the dark imagination, the dark side of fantasy. They are films about outsiders and monsters and creatures, and I related to those creatures .... I was much more interested in creepy than scary.
On the same week that a cyberattack was said to have compromised the security of some of HBO's programming, this Sunday's episode of perhaps its most closely guarded secret -- "Game of Thrones -- leaked online.
A low-res version of the fourth episode of the blockbuster drama's seventh season appeared on a Reddit thread ahead of its premiere date Sunday.
According to a spokesperson from HBO, the leak was related to one of HBO's distribution partners, Star India, and had no relation to the hack.
After concerns were raised about the idea of asking children to steal and lie, Jolie told the magazine that the audition had been taken out of context -- "a pretend exercise in an improvisation ... had been written about as if it was a real scenario" -- and asked that the interpretation be corrected. The "Unbroken" director lamented the suggestion that real money would be taken from a child, saying she would be "outraged" if that had happened.
Thirty years after the epic tournament that capped "The Karate Kid," original headliners and nemeses Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are back for a belated round two. Reprising their roles from the iconic '80s franchise, the fictional adversaries will return to the dojo in "Cobra Kai," a new series coming to YouTube Red in 2018.
The 10-episode, half-hour series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. YouTube announced the series Friday morning, just before hosting a panel session at the Television Critics Assn. alongside both Macchio and Zabka.
“The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it," YouTube originals chief Susanne Daniels said in a statement. " 'The Karate Kid' became an instant classic in the 1980s and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today."
Ariel will be staying under the sea for a little while longer. ABC is postponing "The Little Mermaid Live!"
The live-TV adaptation, to be presented under the "Wonderful World of Disney" banner, was originally set for Oct. 3 but has been pushed back. No new date has been announced, but the network said it is eyeing 2018 so that Ariel — and the production — can get their legs.
"We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful," an ABC spokesperson said in an announcement Friday. "The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves."
Directing is more heartbreaking in a lot of ways. Being in 'Armageddon' didn't kill my career, but with directing you're kind of held responsible. You're involved in every facet; you get to know the people who buy cheese, and if the movie doesn't do well, you have more of a feeling of letting others down.
Steve Harvey appeared at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Thursday to hype his new syndicated daytime show, "Steve."
But he wasted little time in addressing the blunt staff memo that surfaced this year in which he told his employees "not to come to my dressing room unless invited" and to not approach him while he's in his makeup chair unless he initiates the conversation.
"There's two things I learned," Harvey said."One, I can't write. Two, I should never write."
Just six weeks ahead of its season premiere, "American Horror Story: Cult" has gifted fans with a surprise pre-show treat. Of course, in AHS speak, "treat" really means "extraordinarily spooky photo set."
In typical AHS fashion, the anthology horror series has remained mostly tight-lipped on the specifics of Season 7 -- until now. Trailing creator Ryan Murphy's big reveal on Wednesday -- which confirmed veteran Emma Roberts' highly anticipated AHS return -- the series is offering viewers a first look at its new cast members.
The new photos tout shadowy introductions for series newcomers Billie Lourd, Colton Haynes and Alison Pill. And check out the recurring clown imagery, plucked straight out of your childhood nightmares.