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Angelica Ross Talks ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Season Finale and New Web Series ‘King Esther’

Just a few days before the season finale of American Horror Story: 1984 (the ninth season of the FX horror anthology television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk), we spoke to its star Angelica Ross while she attended the fabulous Charlie’s Angels red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

Although not much has been disclosed in general about the ninth (and last) episode of the season, titled Final Girl, Ross says we can expect it to be full of surprises. “You are not gonna believe what happens in the season finale”, she said with a mysterious smile on her face, “It’s gonna be great, it’s gonna be great!” So far Ross’ character Donna Chambers has managed to survive the first eight episodes of the show. Tonight’s episode will reveal her fate.

Ross has also executive produced and starred in a new web series titled King Esther, “A heartwarming story about a trans woman in New Orleans seven days before hurricane Katrina.” It is written and directed by Dui Jarrod  (Lesson Before Love). The episodes are now available on Issa Rae‘s YouTube channel.

You can catch the final episode of American Horror Story: 1984 tonight at 10/9c on FX.

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(Exclusive)’David Makes Man’ Star Arlen Escarpeta Talks Joining Season 2, Black Masculinity, and Working with Director Tarell Alvine McCraney

by Betti Halsell

No one could have painted a picture of Black masculinity more accurately than Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN)  TV drama David Makes Man. The series encapsulates the quality of life and its aftermath surrounding men in the Black Community.

Narrated through the lens of a brilliant male character, the audience digests a visual dissertation of unspoken experiences that shape young boys into men. Arlen Escarpeta plays JG, the younger brother of the protagonist. The Oath actor breaks down the message behind the series and the strength of silent love that happens within the masculine gender. 

David Makes Man first streamed on HBO max, but OWN has picked up season two. Director Tarell Alvine McCraney (Moonlight) grasped the eerie tones of movies like A Beautiful Mind and Six Sense, and concocted the internal struggle of a caged life as a young minority, raised below the poverty line. The viewers meet David (Kwame Patterson) as a young adult, a silent and solemn adolescent, but his thoughts are amplified enough to take over his reality. 

Jonathan Greg nicknamed J.G. (Escarpeta) has a different level of mental compression and unwavering love for his brother. He is the peaceful flute playing above the overpowering orchestra that is David’s mind. Escarpeta breaks down that love, and the slew of unspoken nuances that are carefully placed throughout the series, to alert the audience: more was said than just words. 

David Makes Man — 201 — “Barrel of Oranges” — Photo Credit: Rod Millington

David Makes Man is a story of a young adult with no visual assurance of making out of his situation alive, coming into the power of his mind, and then aligning himself with success. The audience has a personal view of one’s personal struggle with their gifts and the application of their power after it’s gained. David battles many versions of himself in hopes of finding peace in his internal war. 

JG (Escarpeta) represents another angle of warfare, one that includes him and his projection of life to other people. The local cop is currently at a crossroads in his love life. Catching up with an old flame brings out his organic nature. However, he already created a sanctity with his wife and teenage daughter. Escarpeta’s character is metaphorically facing a three-headed beast that breathes fire. Between his wife, daughter, and the old flame, someone is guaranteed to be burned by his next decision. 

David Makes Man so far has won the Peabody Award of Entertainment. Full episodes are available on OWN’s streaming service, with new episodes out on Tuesdays, 9/8c. 

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Sex and the City revival adds Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, and Sarita Choudhury

And Just Like That, HBO’s upcoming Sex and The City revival is bringing new characters into the world of Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte. Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, and Sarita Choudhury have joined the cast.

According to EW, Parker (Empire, Chicago P.D.) will play Lisa Todd Wexley, a Park Avenue mother of three. Choudhury (Mississippi Masala) will play Seema Patel, a single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker. And Pittman (The Morning Show) will appear as Dr. Nya Wallace, a brilliant, yet challenging Columbia Law professor.

The decision to add the trio was made by HBO’s chief Casey Bloys, producer/star Sara Jessica Parker and showrunner Michael Patrick King. Bloys told TV Line earlier this year they did not want “to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast,” and the creators “being very, very conscious about understanding that [the show’s] New York has to reflect the way New York looks today.”

The And Just Like That cast also includes Sex and The City‘s Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Mario Cantone, Willie Garson, and Evan Handler.

The revival is currently in production in New York. HBO Max has not yet set a premiere date.

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‘Lovecraft Country’ Canceled By HBO; Creator Misha Green Teases Original Plans For Season 2

One of the most celebrated series of 2020, HBO’s Lovecraft Country starring Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, and Michael Kenneth Williams, will not be renewed after all, Deadline exclusively reported.

HBO’s official statement to the publication reads, “We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country. We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”

There were no other details that would reveal why the award-winning horror/ sci-fi drama will not return for a second round.

Shortly after the announcement, Green (the show’s creator) took it to social to share ‘A taste of the Season 2 Bible’, a teaser of what could’ve been – “Lovecraft Country: Supremacy”.

This could explain why HBO pulled the plug. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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