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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Dear White People creator Justin Simien signs deal to develop new TV shows
Simien is extending his relationship with Lionsgate, which helped him release the Dear White People movie and Netflix TV series. Under the deal, Simien will develop original series. “Lionsgate embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to ground-breaking original content for its audiences,” say Simien in a statement.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Here are 10 TV episodes that deserve their inflated run times
From Master of None's 57-minute episode to The Sopranos' 72-minute episode.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Dear White People creator Justin Simien launches a podcast called Don't @ Me
Simien is teaming with Los Angeles NPR station KCRW for Don’t @ Me. “It’s when you want to say something on your Twitter or Instagram without getting hit by immediate ‘well, actuallys’ or think pieces without thought,” says Simien. “This is a safe space for trendsetters and troublemakers to get together without filter or interruption.” ALSO: Dear White People showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser signs overall deal with Lionsgate TV.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 8:47PM EDT
Dear White People renewed for Season 3
Justin Simien’s satirical Netflix series dealing with issues of race, class and sexuality in a college setting will be back for a new 10-episode season.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
How Heisler became TV's most popular fake beer
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Stranger Things, Dear White People, True Detective and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia have all used the same fake beer brand, Heisler, resulting in it being dubbed "the Bud Light of fake beers." Why is Heisler so popular? Because you can put anything in it and do anything with it, including bash people over the head.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Dear White People's Justin Simien pens "love letter" analyzing Donald Glover's "This Is America"
The Dear White People creator, who is four months older than Glover, was blown away by Childish Gambino's "This Is America," which was released on the same weekend as the return of his Netflix series. "For the second time this year I’ve been shifted by Donald Glover’s work,” Simien said in the first of many tweets analyzing the viral music video. “He forced me to confront the effects of consumerism on the lives of people of color in Atlanta Robbin’ Season..and now I feel compelled to stare deeply into the dog and pony show of black popular culture through black culture with ‘This Is America.'" Simien proceeded to analyze the thought-provoking images from the music video. "But this is America, Gambino tells us," tweeted Simien. "It's brutal, but either you participate in the space American culture has allotted you (even if only to play Jim Crow as many black entertainers have and continue to do since the country's founding) or you perish."
Posted Sunday 5/06/18 at 2:49AM EDT
Who is Dear White People's Season 2 narrator?
Creator Justin Simien explains why he kept the big-name narrator a mystery.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Dear White People is still stellar in Season 2
The second season of the Netflix college comedy gives creator Justin Simien and his cast the chance to claim an original story, apart from the movie, while expanding the world of Winchester University, says Sonia Saraiya. "Cloistered in the ivory tower—and suffocated by it—the show’s leads are exceptional, isolated, and bursting with passion, which pours out from them in implausibly effortless quippy banter, so ridiculous it’s Sorkin-esque," she says. "But Dear White People’s characters are so charming, so endearing, that it’s a joy to sit back and watch them dazzle each other. The show itself is dazzling, too, with razor-sharp editing, gorgeous lighting and production design, and a self-conscious camera that gazes at the cast with barely suppressed love. In a late-season episode, Simien films nearly an entire argument in just a single take, with a directing bravura that rivals our most prestigious dramas."
- In Season 2, Dear White People has evolved into an unlikely example of how to bring a movie to the small screen
- The style and tone haven't changed, despite Dear White People being written amidst a new presidency
- Logan Browning calls Dear White People "PBS for Netflix" because its storytelling is “refreshing, cathartic, and educational"
- Creator Justin Simien recalls people like David Duke choosing to misinterpret the title
- "It’s the goal of the show to always find room for the nuances and room to tell more complicated truths," says Simien
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Dear White People returns for Season 2 on May 4
Netflix teased the new season that will feature Lena Waithe as a recurring guest-star, host of the show's spoof on Love & Hip Hop.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Dear White People to tackle alt-right trolls in Season 2
The second season of the Netflix series is the first filmed in the Trump era.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 1:12PM EST
Lena Waithe joins Dear White People
The Master of None star will recur on the Netflix series as P Ninnny, “a braggadocious MC who stars on a ridiculous Love & Hip Hop-like reality series called Trap-House Tricks.”