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Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Former Black-ish and The Simpsons writer who pleaded guilty in insider trading scheme was accused of sexual misconduct at Harvard
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Damilare Sonoiki, 27, pleaded guilty last week to security fraud after he was caught feeding insider trading tips to NFL player Mychal Kendricks. The guilty plea ended a meteoric rise for Sonoiki, a Nigerian immigrant who attended Harvard, then worked at Goldman Sachs, and followed that up with stints in the writers' rooms of Black-ish and, until recently, The Simpsons. The Wall Street Journal that Sonoiki didn't actually graduate from Harvard because his degree was withheld due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape. Sonoiki never faced criminal charges, and in a statement he “denies that he has engaged in any sexual misconduct.”
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Black-ish sets a Prince musical showcase for Episode 100
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The November episode will feature the iconic singer's most memorable hits, including "When Dove's Cry," "Kiss" and "Let's Go Crazy."
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Kenya Barris recalls the weeks-long battle with ABC and Disney over his shelved Black-ish episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Feb. 27 "Please, Baby, Please" episode was supposed to be special, shot with a bigger budget, featuring Spike Lee narration and expensive music. It would focus on Dre and his interpretation of real-world events presented to his son as a form of catharsis. But the network felt the episode was too political, too anti-Trump for a broadcast network. "I know there was some concern about partisanship," says Barris, "and the way the episode was angled and the balance in terms of some of the stories. On network TV, one of the things I've learned is that you have to talk about things from both sides." Barris tried to edit the episode to meet the demands of ABC and Disney executives. "What it ended up being, and I think the network would agree, was not a true representation of what we intended to do," he says. "Because if it was, we would've shown it." Ultimately, Barris and the executives mutually agreed to scrap the episode, which led to Barris seeking a way out of his ABC Studios contract. "He'd given his blood, sweat and tears to (the episode), which they had signed off on every step of the way — from the outline, to the script, to the table read, to the point where they actually spent the money and made the episode," says Anthony Anderson, who also serves as executive producer. "And I don't know what those conversations were, but we entered into this partnership with the understanding that we would be able to tell the stories that we wanted to tell."
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Anthony Anderson won't face charges after a woman accused him of assault
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided last Friday not to file charges against the Black-ish star due to lack of evidence and the accuser refusing to cooperate.
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 10:45AM EDT
Feds indict a Black-ish writer and an HBO Hard Knocks NFL star on insider trading charges
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Black-ish writer Damilare Sonoiki, a Harvard grad who used to work for Goldman Sachs, has been charged with helping NFL player Mychal Kendricks in a $1.2 million insider trading scheme. Kendricks, a linebacker on the Cleveland Browns who was part of last season's Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl championship team, was featured on last night's episode of HBO's Hard Knocks. In 2014, Sonoiki allegedly sent Kendricks, who was playing for the Eagles, inside information via text messages using the code word "cheesesteaks." Kendricks issued a statement apologizing for his actions. "Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it. I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired," Kendricks said in a statement, referring to Sonoiki. "His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence."
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Black-ish celebrates 100 episodes with a giant Air Jordan cake
"This all started as a dream and dreams do come true!" Anthony Anderson wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to my entire cast and crew! This could not have happened without you! 100 episodes down 100 more to go!" Episode 100 airs this fall.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Report: ABC shelved Black-ish episode over comments about President Trump, not NFL players kneeling
Source: The Daily Beast
According to a Variety report, the February episode that may have pushed Kenya Barris to exit his ABC Studios deal for Netflix prompted concerns from ABC executives over the characters talking about Trump.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 4:38PM EDT
It's official: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris joins Netflix in deal worth "roughly $100 million"
Barris' three-year deal puts him "in the same ballpark" as new Netflix mega-deal showrunners Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. According to Variety, "the basics of his new Netflix agreement had also been in place for some time." Barris was let out of his ABC Studios deal last month, five months after ABC pulled an episode of Black-ish that reportedly dealt with athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
D.A. reviewing sexual assault allegation against Anthony Anderson
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office is reviewing a sexual assault allegation against the Black-ish star that the LAPD submitted on Wednesday. Last month, The Blast revealed that a woman came forward earlier this year accusing him of sexual assault last year at an event she catered for him. Anderson's rep denies the accusation.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
Black-ish to do an episode on the recent incidents of white people calling the police on black people
Source: TV Guide
The ABC comedy will again tackle the issue of police and the black community. But this episode will have a twist, as Anthony Anderson's character will be the one who wants to call police.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris officially exits his ABC Studios deal, likely for a nine-figure Netflix mega-deal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It's been nearly four months since The Hollywood Reporter reported on a frustrated Barris planning his exit from ABC Studios one year into his new four-year deal. The two sides have negotiated Barris' exit, paving the way for a lucrative deal with Netflix (which has no comment on a potential deal with the prolific writer-producer). Barris has developed multiple TV projects for ABC, but only one was picked up: Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish, which ended up at Freeform instead of ABC. Barris has also clashed with the ABC network, which pulled an episode of Black-ish in February. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barris is seen as a "logical fit" for Netflix because he can deliver hits that are both critically and commercially successful. "No matter what, the studio has never wavered in their support of my creative vision," said Barris in a statement. "Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time.”
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Whitney Cummings defends Roseanne's controversial joke about Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat
The former Roseanne co-showrunner said on The Hollywood Reporter's comedy showrunner's roundtable that it would be disingenuous to mask the real views of the Conners family. Cummings adds: "There are times where I’m like, ‘This is offensive, but this is what they would say when no one is watching and when they don’t have a bunch of lib-tard people controlling what they say.’ So, I found a lot of times my job was just to go, ‘If you feel that that’s what this person would say behind closed doors, then let’s go with it.’”
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Tracee Ellis Ross says ABC's yanking of a Black-ish episode was "frightening"
Source: New York Daily News
The actress says she never got an answer for why ABC shelved the February episode, which tackled the National Anthem Protests. "The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for,” Ross said in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. “To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that." Noting that the Black-ish cast is usually involved in the show's content, she added: "I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it, because I find it frightening." Black-ish creator Kenya Barris addressed the pulled episode last month, telling Vulture: "We just had a difference of opinion... I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to sort of move past it." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey also said last month that the kneeling "was not even really the issue, but I don’t want to get into that. At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision between Kenya and the network to not put the episode out.”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was ready to go "crazy" in protest after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Barris, who in recent months has reportedly expressed frustration with ABC in wake of the pulling of a February Black-ish episode, said today he was ready to mount a PR blitz last Tuesday when he found out about the Roseanne tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to Plant of the Apes. “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like f*ck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said today at Variety's Path to Parity summit. But Barris said he first spoke to ABC executives, including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry guys’ and then I have to say, the response came in minutes," he said, adding that they told him a cancelation was impending. Barris said Roseanne's tweet was “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers."