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Cardinal
In this atmospheric thriller, demoted Detective John Cardinal is brought back into Homicide when the hunch he wouldn’t let go about the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl is proven correct. Now, as he relentlessly tracks a serial killer, he must keep a watchful eye on his new partner, Detective Lise Delorme, who he believes may have a secret agenda, while managing family issues of his own
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The Challenge Brunch presented by MTV
Fuel up with the brunch of Champions (courtesy of MTV's upcoming season of The Challenge), then stick around for a in-depth look back at the "Evolution of Reality" on MTV!
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The Comeback
In 2005, perhaps no show arrived at a more appropriate time or place in the television zeitgeist as HBO's landmark cult-sensation comedy, The Comeback. A wildly quirky combination of the era's most innovative formats (mockumentary, reality TV, "autobiographical fiction"), Lisa Kudrow's fully realized performance as Valerie Cherish skewered many of the best and worst aspects of Hollywood and celebrity. The ahead-of-its-time series chronicled its heroine's vigorous struggle for relevance and fame with eerie precision that often mirrored any typical episode of Access Hollywood, and even featured a startlingly meta "comeback" of its own, when HBO revived the series for a second season 9 years after its cancellation. Join Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King as they reunite with cast and creatives to discuss the show's unusual journey, and when audiences can expect to see yet another comeback, years from now...
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Complex, Not Complicated: A Look at a Woman's Character
Now more than ever, television is home to a range of increasingly complex female characters: ones that are bold, funny, fierce, sensitive, loyal, fragile, complicated, and kick ass (sometimes all in the same moment). Prepare to be awestruck as these powerhouse creatives and actors discuss the legacy of female characters before them, the necessity of women’s stories at this particular moment in pop culture, and why there’s no one way to write a “strong” woman.
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A Conversation with Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
For nearly 20 years, producers, collaborators, and spouses Mara-Brock Akil and Salim Akil have brought their unique points of view to iconic series like Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane, culminating in the creation of their own creative brand: Akil Productions. Now, join us for a one-on-one conversation with Mara and Salim as they discuss their partnership as writer/director (respectively), the creative voice and direction behind Akil Productions, and their new CW series DC Comics’ Black Lightning.
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Creating and Casting: Collaboration Built on Trust presented with CSA
The delicate relationship between the creator and the Casting Director is rarely explored. Often the first to be hired on a project, the Casting Director collaborates with the showrunner from the ground-up to begin fulfilling their vision. Together, they navigate creative preferences, negotiate with agents and managers, take on studio and network input, location casting, actor approvals, and much more. The stronger the relationship, the easier it is to maneuver through the challenges of the process. Join these pairs as we get an inside look at the intricacies of a relationship that hinges on trust and collaboration from one-time gigs to decades of work.
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A Deadly Adoption
A distanced couple decides to take in a seemingly innocent pregnant woman in hopes of adopting her unborn child. However, there is more to a book than its cover.
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The (Digital) Viewer’s Lament: I Cut the Cord… Why Should I Subscribe?
It’s no secret there is a plethora of quality and addictive TV shows that do not live on “traditional” television -- but in the age of cord-cutting, competing cable & streaming providers, and traditional audiences still learning to navigate their options, what draws a casual viewer or die-hard fan into the wild west that is digital content? Once there, how are they convinced your content is worth the “buy-in”? Creators and executives from digital platforms and production companies showcase the series all TV-lovers need to be watching, why they chose to sidestep the mainstream route, and the pros and cons of operating outside the box.
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Directors & Showrunners: A Collaboration
You've heard it before, "Film is a director's medium," clearly implying TV belongs to the writer. While that statement can easily be debated, it is undoubtedly true that the showrunner is at the helm, and an episodic director must follow his or her lead. As different directors tackle single episodes or an entire series, a strong relationship between these two entities is crucial in maintaining a cohesive and dynamic vision of the storytelling. Join these showrunner + director pairs, who have worked together across multiple episodes, as they discuss the challenges of collaborating across a season of stories, establishing trust, and what occurs when opinions collide.
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