Review: Hidden Figures

I loved Hidden Figures. Maybe a man could watch this film and not love it, but there is no way a woman could watch Hidden Figures and not love it. It was the most emotionally satisfying film I’ve seen in a long time. Continue reading “Review: Hidden Figures”

Watch This: Trailer for Hidden Figures – Updated

Hidden Figures is based on a true story about a team of African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data to launch America’s first successful space missions. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Hidden Figures – Updated”

I’m Excited About the Cast of Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures doesn’t release until January 2017, but I’m already excited about the cast and the people they are playing. Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer star as three mathematicians working at NASA.

The film is based on the true story of a group of female African Americans working at NASA told in the upcoming book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. Continue reading “I’m Excited About the Cast of Hidden Figures”

Review: Black or White

Black or White stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer as two contending grandparents fighting over custody of young Eloise (Jillian Estell).

Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Black or White”

Starts Today! Red Band Society

Here’s the latest preview for Red Band Society, which starts tonight on Fox. I’ll be watching. If you plan to watch, come back tomorrow and let us know what you thought.

This dramedy stara Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, and a batch of young people whose names you’ll probably learn within a couple of weeks of watching the show. I spotted Wilson Cruz in the preview; I hope he’s a regular.

It’s about kids on a cancer ward, and the narrator is in a coma. What could go wrong?

Update!

It’s the morning after the premier, which I tried to watch. I say tried because I fell asleep about half way through from lack of interest. The series was too juvenile for me, the characters too stereotypical. This makes me really sad because I would love to get enthusiastic about anything that gave Octavia Spencer a leading role. I hope it appeals to the younger crowd and keeps an audience and a following because – Octavia Spencer.

What did you think?

Upcoming TV Series with Female Leads

New TV series in the works with women in the lead or co-lead roles look very good. Some start as soon as summer, some are scheduled for fall.

Starting in June on TNT is Murder in the First, which stars Teye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson. Kathleen Robertson may not continue throughout the series as lead, because she’s only in 7 of the 9 episodes that comprise the first season, but it’s worth checking out. Murder in the First is a Steven Bochco production. Bochco has a long string of successful police dramas behind him, including NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, and LA Law.

Also coming to TNT, but not until fall or possibly 2015 is the new Jennifer Beals supernatural medical drama Proof. Proof also stars Matthew Modine and Joe Morton. The series is produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Of everything that’s coming, and a lot of it looks really good, I’m very excited about seeing Jennifer Beals back on my TV every week.

Jennifer seems excited about working with Matthew Modine.

TNT announced casting Julia Stiles in a legal drama called Guilt by Association but I haven’t seen any follow up news about the pilot being picked up.

Red Band Society

Red Band Society is a remake of a Spanish series. Octavia Spencer leads the cast of this tale about teenagers living in a pediatric wing of a hospital. It will be on Fox.

Taraji P Hanson

Fox also scheduled Empire starring Taraji P. Hanson and Terrance Howard. This series is about a family who runs a hip hop empire. The music is supposed to be excellent, if you’re a hip hop fan. The show is by Lee Daniels and features many well-known African American actors including Gabourey Sidibe.

Another new show with a woman of color in the lead is Shonda Rhimes new drama, How to Get Away with Murder. Viola Davis will star in this legal thriller as a criminal defense professor who gets tangled up in a murder plot. Anything Shonda Rhimes does is going to make a big impression. This one should be a hit for ABC for sure.

State of Affairs

NBC brings us State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl as a CIA Agent who reports to the U.S. President. The President is Alfre Woodard, who is one of my all-time favorites. These two should be fabulous together.

Anna Friel

Another political drama on NBC is Odyssey. It stars Anna Friel as a soldier. Odyssey is described as a sprawling international conspiracy that ties together three very different characters – a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a young political activist. The other two characters in this threesome are played by Peter Facinelli and Jake Robinson.

TV is where women are making a mark these days, and these upcoming shows are part of that trend. Do any of these shows look especially interesting to you? What are you planning to watch? Did I miss anything new with a female lead?