Amazon orders new shows from Lena Waithe, Nicole Kidman, and Greg Daniels

Amazon decided to dump a big rush delivery of new TV news on our doorsteps today, taking advantage of its day in the spotlight at the TCA summer press tour to roll out all sorts of new info—some expected, some not—about its upcoming and ambitious slate of shows. We already talked a bit about the company’s continuing…

Lena Waithe talks Emmys, Ready Player One, and getting Jimmy Kimmel to slip Jennifer Aniston her email

Lena Waithe was no doubt booked on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! to plug Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One (she plays Aech). But the conversation between Waithe and Kimmel quickly revealed how much more the Chicago native has going on right now. Sure, a meaty role in a likely Spielberg blockbuster is nothing…

Will The Chi be the first series to do Chicago right?

No city is a “character.” As much as creators like to elevate their stories by claiming a location, it’s just a clichéd attempt to make something sound important without earning it. Cities are complicated places, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Showtime’s new drama series, The Chi. As much as recent headlines…

Master Of None’s “Thanksgiving” presents one of the best coming out stories on television

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Thanksgiving is a loaded holiday for a lot of queer folks. For some, it means going back into the closet entirely. For others, it means going partially back in the closet. Maybe your family knows you’re gay, but they don’t want you to be “too gay” at the dinner table. Maybe only some family members know because it…

Eric Wareheim, Alan Yang, and Lena Waithe break down Master Of None season 2

Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None has had a remarkable track record of producing episodes that stand alone as their own artistic achievements. The A.V. Club wanted to get the behind-the-scenes stories on three particularly striking ones in the second season. To discuss “Le Nozze,” an Italian jaunt about lost love, we…

Showtime renews Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex, orders series from Jim Carrey and Common

Showtime has renewed two of its most popular dramas, Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex, for fourth seasons. Showtime President David Nevins announced the renewals at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, calling them “signature series” for the network and lauding Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber, who nabbed an…