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HBO Sets ‘Our Stories To Tell’ Pop-Up Experience With Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis, Sarunas Jackson And More

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Exclusive: HBO is furthering their diversity and inclusion initiatives with a new immersive pop-up experience to support their new “Our Stories To Tell” campaign. The weekend event will kick off November 15 and continue through November 17 at Casita Hollywood in Los Angeles. The experiential event will bring together creatives, creators and Angelenos to celebrate the talent in the city as well as unite creativity, collaboration and culture.

HBO’s “Our Stories To Tell” is part of a bigger picture that engages diverse and multicultural audiences through cultural programming and — as the campaign suggests — relatable storytelling. The event will include panel conversations, special events, live musical performances and more diverse programming. The event will also include a marketplace, co-working space and an opportunity to give back to the community.

“In launching ‘Our Stories To Tell’, we are excited to create yet another platform where our multicultural audiences can come together to have candid
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Swat: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four on CBS?

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Will justice prevail? Has the Swat TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on CBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Swat, season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

Airing on the CBS television network, the Swat TV show stars Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Amy Farrington, with Debbie Allen, Obba Babatundé, Gabrielle Dennis, and Deshae Frost in recurring roles. The crime thriller centers on Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore), a Los Angeles native and former Marine who's been tapped to lead a new “last stop” Special Weapons And Tactics unit (S.W.A.T.). Thanks to his
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New ‘Swat’ Spoilers For Season 3, October 30, 2019 Episode 5 Revealed

Hey, "S.W.A.T."fans. We are back to deliver a brand new set of spoiler scoops for you guys. These will be for the upcoming episode 5 of this current season 3. Thanks to the wonderful CBS folks, we've got a brand new press release for episode 5. It features a few teaser descriptions that we're going to tell you about right now. To get things started, CBS' press released revealed what this new episode 5 is officially titled. It's called,"The Lbc." That is definitely a fitting title based on what's coming up in this episode. It sounds like episode 5 will feature some very interesting, dramatic, intense and possible action-filled scenes as the Swat crew teams up with the Long Beach Police team for a massive case! Hondo serves up more drama. This time, with his father. Luca gets very overwhelmed and more. We'll go head and start off this spoiler session with the
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Swat: Season Three Ratings

Last season, despite some lower than average ratings, CBS renewed Swat for a third season. Will the numbers improve this time around? Will Swat be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned.

A police drama series, the Swat TV show stars Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Amy Farrington, with Debbie Allen, Obba Babatundé, Gabrielle Dennis, and Deshae Frost in recurring roles. The crime thriller centers on Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore), a Los Angeles native and former Marine who's been tapped to lead a new “last stop” Special Weapons and Tactics unit (S.W.A.T.). Thanks to his background, he is uniquely qualified to lead the team in a manner that also builds a bridge to the community he holds dear. Hondo's group includes seasoned David “Deacon” Kay (Harrington), cocky newcomer Jim Street (Russell), canine trainer
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Swat: Season Three Viewer Votes

Can Hondo successfully balance his work and personal life in the third season of the Swat TV show on CBS? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Swat is cancelled or renewed for season four. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we invite you to rate all of the third season episodes of Swat here.

A CBS police drama series, the Swat TV show stars Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Amy Farrington, with Debbie Allen, Obba Babatundé, Gabrielle Dennis, and Deshae Frost in recurring roles. The crime thriller centers on Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore), a Los Angeles native and former Marine who's been tapped to lead a new
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A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Great — Here Are 7 Sketches That Prove It

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Great — Here Are 7 Sketches That Prove It
This summer has been decidedly short on new TV comedies worth watching — no, sorry, BH90210 doesn’t count — but one freshman show did manage to shine like an oasis of funny amid the barren landscape: HBO’s wickedly clever gem A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Created by comedian Robin Thede and executive-produced by Insecure star Issa Rae (who pops up in the occasional sketch, too), A Black Lady Sketch Show is upfront about its mission to introduce us to a fresh crop of talented African American women. (I mean, it’s right there in the title.) But this isn’t
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A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season Two Renewal for HBO Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show will be back! HBO just announced they've renewed the TV show for a second season.

The comedy series is "set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including creator Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson."

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A Black Lady Sketch Show Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

A Black Lady Sketch Show is heading into its Season 1 finale with a little extra spring in its step: HBO has already renewed the series for a second season.

Black Lady Sketch Show, which launched on Aug. 2, presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including series creator/Ep Robin Thede, as well as Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. Insecure‘s Issa Rae is an Ep and occasional guest star.

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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO

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HBO has picked up a second season of A Black Lady Sketch Show, a half-hour sketch comedy starring and executive produced by Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede) and executive produced by Insecure‘s Issa Rae.

“It’s been thrilling to see the audience embrace the characters that Robin, Ashley [Nicole Black], Gabrielle [Dennis] and Quinta [Brunson] have brought to life,” said Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming. “We had a blast making this groundbreaking sketch show with Robin, Dime and all of the writers and producers, and I can’t wait to see what next season holds.”

Created, written by and starring Thede, A Black Lady Sketch Show has broken new ground in sketch comedy TV. It features narrative sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson.

A Black Lady Sketch Show touches on such culturally relevant themes as social norms,
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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” is coming back for more sketches crammed with craziness and special guests.

The series, created by Robin Thede, has been renewed for a second season on HBO with two episodes yet to air in its freshman outing.

A Black Lady Sketch Show” features narrative sketches performed by a core cast of black women, namely Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson, as well as an impressive lineup celebrity guests. Some of the starrier guests to appear on season 1 so far include Angela Bassett, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, and Larry Wilmore.

Each episode consists of five to six sketches, showcasing the comedic talents of the main cast and portraying an array of varied characters, as well as hyper versions of themselves in interstitials featuring four friends stuck in a house during an end-of-the-world event.

The show also hails from Isssa Rae, creator and star
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'A Black Lady Sketch Show' Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

HBO is committing to A Black Lady Sketch Show.

The premium cable network has handed out a second-season renewal to the variety show starring Robin Thede and executive produced by Issa Rae.

Thede created, stars in, writes and exec produces the series alongside Rae and her HBO-based Issa Rae Productions banner. It features narrative sketches performed by a core cast of black women — including Thede — as well as celebrity guests. Gabrielle Dennis, Ashley Nicole Black and Quinta Brunson co-star. Lauren Ashley Smith serves as head writer on the comedy, which was picked up straight to series six months after Bet ...
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New Hollywood Podcast: Robin Thede Is Having The Best Hot Girl Summer With The Groundbreaking ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

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New Hollywood Podcast: Robin Thede Is Having The Best Hot Girl Summer With The Groundbreaking ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’
Robin Thede has always had affection for sketch comedy. In fact, when she was little girl, her parents let her stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live — but only up until Weekend Update. When In Living Color came out, Thede was even more submerged in the world of sketch with a trailblazing show that included people of color. Thede continues that tradition of shaking up the status quo with A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

Executive produced by Thede and Issa Rae, A Black Lady Sketch Show stars and is written by Black women. With core cast members Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson; Dime Davis in the director’s chair for all episodes; and a wildly impressive slate of guest stars that includes Laverne Cox, Angela Bassett, Lena Waithe, Patti Labelle Loretta Divine and more, Ablss is groundbreaking as the first of its kind. Through subversive comedy,
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‘It Frees You Up': Robin Thede on Writing With Other Black Women

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‘It Frees You Up': Robin Thede on Writing With Other Black Women
When Robin Thede’s Bet late-night show “The Rundown” was canceled in July 2018, she wasted no time in finding her next project, the HBO sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

The comedian, whose career started with sketch and improv comedy at The Second City theatre group in Chicago, had already been soft-pitching a sketch show to work on between seasons of “The Rundown.” The day the Bet show was canceled, she got a call from Issa Rae about what she planned on doing next, and had her answer ready to go.

“I just wanted to create a really authentic product, something that was uniquely from our point of view,” said Thede. “I set out to highlight black women living grounded experiences in a magical reality.” When she told the “Insecure” star about her vision, Rae immediately offered to take the show to HBO.

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Robin Thede on Her HBO Series ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ and Her Hopes for Season 2

From creator/executive producer/writer/star Robin Thede and director Dime Davis, HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show is a hilarious new sketch comedy series with a core cast of black women – including Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson – who tell an ongoing story as hyper-versions of themselves, stuck in a house together during an end-of-the-world event, while also taking on an array of varied characters. With a slew of celebrity guests and five to six sketches jam-packed into each half-hour, the episodes touch on everything from social norms, anxiety …
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Link Tank: Black Lady Sketch Show Is 2019's Funniest Comedy

Spencer Mullen Aug 6, 2019

A Black Lady Sketch Show, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Stranger Things, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's how using gender-neutral pronouns can change society for the better.

"Slowly but steadily, the use of gender-neutral pronouns like “they” and “them” to refer to people who prefer not to be gendered is becoming more widely adopted. Yet the practice has its opponents, and they’re particularly vocal. The controversial Canadian academic Jordan Peterson, for one, has railed against it as part of a greater campaign against political correctness. But as researchers show Monday in Pnas, using gender-neutral pronouns has less to do with political correctness and more to do with changing perceptions toward historically marginalized groups for the better."

Read more at Inverse.

A Black Lady Sketch Show is a hilarious and groundbreaking new comedy from HBO.

"On Friday, HBO aired the first episode of A Black Lady Sketch Show,
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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Review: A Smart, Funny, Black Woman-Centric, Late-Night Delight

There’s nothing radical about the structure of HBO’s new comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; it’s a series of pop culture parodies and send-ups of current events. But the series has its own sharp-witted, affable point of view and provides a necessary showcase for more black women performers than have ever appeared on a single show, led by a core cast that includes creator Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson, who are all funny, dynamic, and unapologetically provocative.

It’s a point of view that comes primarily from the show’s creator and co-star, Robin Thede, who was the head writer on Larry Wilmore’s “The Nightly Show” – Wilmore is among the famous faces who appear in the series – and oversaw “The Rundown with Robin Thede”, which was also groundbreaking for late-night television, airing on Bet.

A half hour of some of the brashest,
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TV Review: ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

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Hop on Twitter, and you will find a multitude of posts from frustrated black women decrying everything from cultural appropriation – to be clear, Kim Kardashian did not create cornrows – to the deplorable and racist way four freshman congresswomen of color have been villainized by the Potus.

In contrast, much-needed moments of levity by black women and for black women are much harder to find. That’s going to change when HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” premieres Friday. Funny, irreverent, subversive and self-aware the series, created and executive produced by comedian Robin Thede, is rife with brilliant bits meant to be shared via social media. Every episode (HBO previewed the first six for critics) has at least three noteworthy sketches that will make viewers revel, ruminate and post. Even the title sequence, which features puppets and Megan thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl,” is sharable.

In the pilot, there is
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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’: For Creator Robin Thede, the Series Is ’40 Short Films’

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’: For Creator Robin Thede, the Series Is ’40 Short Films’
Robin Thede’s new HBO series “A Black Lady Sketch Show” has already made history: it’s the first sketch series cast comprised entirely of black women, and it boasts the first all-black women writers room. These landmark achievements are as much a credit to the creators of the series and HBO for taking a chance on it, as they are an indication of how the television comedy landscape has failed to be inclusive of black women’s voices in a meaningful way. Thede is aware of these particulars, and for her, as well as executive producer Issa Rae and director Dime Davis – who were all present for a panel at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour – the show was a no-brainer.

“That’s how I pitched it,” Thede said in response to whether she was aware that it was a groundbreaking idea when she met with HBO
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Mulan,’ ‘Succession,’ Teenage Dora the Explorer

This week in the wide, wide world of trailers: a first look at Disney’s next big live-action adaptation of an animated classic for next year and an extended preview on a revisionist take regarding on of their old-school villains; a taste of what HBO’s aristocratic-bastards-behaving-badly hit has in store during its sophomore season; a peek at a brand new sketch show; and more on one clang-clang-clang of a biopic coming this fall.

A Black Lady Sketch Show

You don’t always need a fancy-pants name for your sketch show,
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops ‘Queer Eye’ Season 4 Trailer (Watch)

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops ‘Queer Eye’ Season 4 Trailer (Watch)
In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix drops the trailer for fourth season of “Queer Eye” and Amazon announces the premiere date for its first ever original stand-up special.

Casting

Ryan Destiny, best known for playing one of the leads on Fox’s “Star,” will join the cast of “Grown-ish” for the upcoming third season in a recurring role. She will play Jillian, a university student who can talk art and music with Luca (Luka Sabbat), politics and activism with Aaron (Trevor Jackson), and also fits right in with Zoey (Yara Shahidi) and her eclectic crew of girls.

Dates

Amazon has announced that its first ever original stand-up special “Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time” will be available for streaming on Friday, Aug. 16. The special will see Gaffigan using his signature everyman humor to “deal with the unthinkable.”

The truTV comedy series “Adam Ruins Everything” will release eight new episodes on Tuesday,
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