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‘Insecure’ Season 4 Trailer: Issa Is Single and Ready To Mingle!

HBO released the trailer for Insecure‘s new season and it looks hilarious!

Per the network’s description, the 10-episode fourth season will “follow our favorite characters as they evaluate their relationships, both new and old, in an effort to figure out who and what comes with them in this next phase of their lives.”

The comedy series returns to HBO on April 12th. Watch the full trailer above.

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Michele Weaver On Playing The Ambitious and Relatable Luly Perry on NBC’s ‘Council Of Dads’

Best known for her role in Mara Brock Akil’s romantic dramedy series Love Is __, Michele Weaver returns with a new big role in NBC’s family drama Council of Dads.

As a student at Pepperdine University, Weaver majored in theatre acting and media production. The Colorado native now has quite a few roles under her belt, not just on television but on the big screen as well. Her most recent works include Nighthawks with Janet Montgomery and Chace Crawford; Illicit with Vivica Fox and David Ramsey; Sistercode with Amber Rose and Eva Marcille; and Syfy’s 2 Lava 2 Lantula.

Weaver is very picky when it comes to choosing a role. “It’s important to feel the connection,” she says. The star certainly felt a strong connection with her character Luly Perry, the eldest of five children raised by a stepmother and now a terminally ill father, who tasks a group of close friends to father his children when he passes away.

Here is the official synopsis:

Family takes on a different meaning in this transformative and inspirational new drama when Scott Perry, a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself. There’s Anthony, Scott’s oldest and most loyal friend; Larry, his tough-love AA sponsee; and Oliver, his dedicated doctor and wife’s dearest friend. Together, they discover that there’s more to being a father than anyone could do alone – and more to being a family than they ever thought possible.

COUNCIL OF DADS cast / NBC

Weaver says she relates to her character Luly in many ways, “I’m biracial, I’m the oldest sister, I’m an actress, which is very similar to writing…” Luly is an ambitious writer with plans to move from Savannah to New York City. She is also a dream chaser, a big sister, a fiance and then a wife. Luly is relatable and “a great representation of women in this day and age.”

As we move through the season, Weaver says, we will follow Luly’s journey of self-discovery. “She starts to really explore who she is and where she came from. And what came from it, is answers she didn’t really want to hear.”

COUNCIL OF DADS – Sarah Wayne Callies (Robin Perry), Michele Weaver (Luly)/ Photo by Quantrell Colbert/NBC)

Some have been comparing Council of Dads with another NBC hit show This Is Us and wondering if the new drama is here to replace the Emmy-winning tearjerker. Weaver says it is not. As a big This Is Us fan herself, she sees some common themes, like family and the diversity of family, “but our show has a different perspective … Our family is a different family,” she says, “No one has ever seen a family like this on television but at the same time, it’s very relatable. We definitely have our own flavor.” The actress said.

Tune in to watch Council of Dads on Tuesday, March 24 on NBC. The episode will air at 10/9c immediately following the season finale of This Is Us.

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Coronavirus: Movie Release and Television Production Delays

Here is the confirmed list of movie releases and television productions that are being paused or postponed due to recent COVID-19 outbreak.

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No Time to Die: Premiere is pushed back its premiere from April to November [Original release date: April 2020]

Fast & Furious 9: Premiere is pushed to April 2021 [Original release date: May 2020]

A Quiet Place Part II: A new premiere date to be announced. [Original release date: March 18, 2020]

The Lovebirds:  Paramount’s action rom-com, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, has been pulled by Paramount. No future date has been announced. [Original release date: April 3, 2020]

Blue Story: Another Paramount title that has been pulled by the studio with no future release date announced. [Original release date: March 20, 2020]

Mulan:  The film’s release date has been pushed to an unknown date later this year [Original release date: March 27, 2020]

The New Mutants: The film is being rescheduled for later in the year [Original release date: April 3, 2020]

Antebellum: Lionsgate’s horror starring Janelle Monae and Kiersey Clemons has been pulled from theatrical release. No future date has been announced [Original release date: April 24, 2020]

Saw: Chris Rock’s remake of Saw, another Lionsgate title, is being pulled with an unknown future premiere date, according to Variety [Original release date: May 15, 2020]

The Little Mermaid: Disney has officially halted production its live-action with Halle Bailey as the lead.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:  the Disney+ upcoming Marvel show halted its filming in Prague.

Grey’s Anatomy: The production has been paused for at least 2 weeks, according to a statement from ABC.

The Morning Show: The Apple TV show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon has suspended production of season 2.

Netflix: Production on all TV shows and movies has halted for at least two weeks.

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‘New Amsterdam’s Jocko Sims Talks Playing a Black Surgeon On TV

We chatted with Jocko Sims, the star of NBC’s hit medical drama New Amsterdam while attending the network’s press luncheon on Thursday, March 5.

When he was young, Jocko Sims enjoyed science and dreamed of becoming a doctor one day. But as it sometimes happens in life, another passion took over. As a young student at UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television, Sims knew that acting was the path for him and he followed it gladly. Eventually, fate and hard work will manage to somehow bring things to a full circle for him. Now as an experienced actor, Sims gets to play a doctor on one of the biggest national television networks.

Dr. Floyd Reynolds, “New Amsterdam”

Sims says portraying Dr. Floyd Reynolds on NBC’s New Amsterdam has been a blessing. Not just because the role is perfect for him but also because playing a Black surgeon on national television has impacted many people watching the show. Sims recalled a tweet he received from a mother whose young son wanted to now become a doctor after seeing surgeon Reynolds on screen.

Inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, the show chronicles everyday dealings of the hospital, its staff, and patients. The show does an outstanding job highlighting some of the most controversial topics, including public healthcare. “I kept hearing that the healthcare system is broken,” says Sims, “now I get to see the details and it’s frustrating and eyeopening.”

Before becoming Dr. Reynolds, Sims played a Navy captain Carlton Burk on TNT’s The Last Ship, guest-starred on The Resident, Grey’s AnatomyMacGyver, CSIBones, Masters of Sex and many more.

Carlton Burk, “The Last Ship”

Sims’ talents, however, go well beyond just acting. The actor now writes and produces. He currently has a comedy in the works that he penned.

You can watch ‘New Amsterdam’ on Tuesday nights at 10 e/p on NBC.

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