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What New TV Shows Debuting Next Season Are You Looking Forward To? (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2012 11:07 AM
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The fall TV season hasn't arrived yet, but we at least now know what new shows got picked up (and those that weren't), we've even seen some early looks at some of these new shows, so we have some idea of what to expect from a few of them.

Thoughts On Cedric The Entertainer's History-Making TV Land Series 'Soul Man'?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 2, 2012 1:44 PM
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After last week's news that the pilot episode of Cedric the Entertainer's original scripted sit-com for TV Land (The Soul Man) pulled in 1.9 million viewers during its 10pm time slot, making it TV Land's second highest-rated original series debut ever, naturally, I had to check it out for myself.

This Week In Black Television: Summertime Shows... And Of Course, 'The Game'

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • June 1, 2012 1:42 PM
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The bulk of this week’s column focuses on what television shows with Black talent that you should be watching this summer, when you’re not out at rooftop parties, BBQ’s, picnics, outdoor concerts and the like, as well as other shows that are just too good to miss.   Yet since it has its season finale this coming Tuesday I’d be remiss if I didn’t review this past week’s episode of The Game.

Kerry Washington To Test Primetime Emmy History With 'Scandal' (A Drought For Black Actresses)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 31, 2012 12:18 PM
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It's Thursday, and you know what that would've meant if Scandal season 1 wasn't yet over. I'm sure some of you will soon start showing symptons of Scandal withdrawal. My cure? I say give Damages a try if you haven't watched any of that FX series yet. It's one hell of a show, and worthy of all the accolades; and dare I say, it's what Scandal COULD be, if the envelope was pushed a bit more, and the show took more risks.

S&A "Scandal" Talk-Back Session #4 (Who IS Quinn Perkins? You'll Have 13 New Episodes To Find Out)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 18, 2012 9:37 AM
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And that's a wrap folks! 

S&A "Scandal" Talk-Back Session #3 (Some Answers + Shonda Rhimes Seems Certain About A Season 2)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 11, 2012 10:22 AM
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Session 3 of the weekly S&A Scandal Talkback, now that the penultimate episode has aired (last night), and I'm sure most of you have seen it.

Lena Dunham Addresses "Girls" Diversity Criticism & Why I Just Don't Care...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 3:29 PM
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"I wrote the first season primarily by myself, and I co-wrote a few episodes. But I am a half-Jew, half-WASP, and I wrote two Jews and two WASPs. Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, 'I hear this and I want to respond to it.' And this is a hard issue to speak to because all I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can't speak to accurately."

S&A "Scandal" Talk-Back Session #2 (2 More Episodes Until Season Ends & Still Lots Of Questions)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 4, 2012 12:49 PM
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Alright, as promised, session 2 of the weekly S&A Scandal Talkback, now that episode 5 has aired (last night), and I'm sure most of you have seen it. I watched it this morning.

S&A "Scandal" Talk-Back Session #1 (3 More Episodes Until Season Ends & Sh*t Just Got Real)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 28, 2012 12:29 PM
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I considered starting this earlier in the series, but, to be frank, after watching episode 1, as I expressed in my post stating some concerns I had for the show, I wasn't quite sure of how it would evolve and progress over the next several episodes.