June 11, 2015

TV Talk: 'Orange Is The New Black' Returns to Netflix Tomorrow

Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black" season 3


Orange Is The New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and The 2015 Television Critics Awards


by Roy Steele

I know that a big portion of my weekend will be spent binge watching Season 3 of the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black (OITNB), a funny, thought-provoking and powerful series about a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women's prison.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t had a chance to watch OITNB, Orange is the New Black, is the terrific and outrageous, critically-acclaimed and award-winning series from Emmy® Award-winner Jenji Kohan (Weeds).

Orange is the New Black has garnered more than 20 awards including three Emmy Awards, two SAG Awards, two AFI honors, four Critic’s Choice Television Awards, one NAACP Image Award, one PGA Award, two GLAAD Media Awards, and is a recipient of a Peabody Award and a Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Award. I can't wait to start watching!

Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, and Yael Stone, in a scene from Season 3 of "Orange Is The New Black"

If anyone had any doubts about why RuPaul Charles chose Ginger Minj (Joshua Eads Brown), Violet Chachki (Jason Dardo), or Pearl (Matthew James), as the top three finalists on LOGO TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, their individual musical  performances during the reunion show was proof that these three fierce queens are terrific performers who earned those spots.

I think that Kennedy Davenport (Reuben Asberry, Jr.) and Katya (Brian McCook) could have easily held their own against any of the top three finalists, and their eliminations for small mistakes, reflected the high level of talent on this year’s show.

RuPaul Charles, Ginger Minj (Joshua Eads Brown), Violet Chachki (Jason Dardo),  Pearl (Matthew James) of RuPauls Drag Race.

RuPaul crowned Violet Chachki as the season 7 winner, and I’m sure that Ginger Minj, Pearl, Kennedy Davenport, Katya, Trixie Mattel (Brian Firkus), Miss Fame (Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen), Jaidynn Diore Fierce (Christopher Williams), Max (Max Malanaphy), and the other queens, will go on to have successful careers as entertainers.

RuPaul’s Drag Race was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming in 2015, by the Television Critics Association, after winning the award in 2014.

The Television Critics Association (TCA) announced their nominations for the 2014-2015 television season last week. The 2015 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2014-2015 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories, including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy. The winners of the 31st Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The nominees include:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO – (2014 Winner in Category)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane The Virgin,” The CW
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent,” Amazon
Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat,” ABC

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder,” ABC
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire,” Fox
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans,” FX
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul,” AMC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
“CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
“Frontline,” PBS
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO
“60 Minutes,” CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
“The Amazing Race,” CBS
“The Chair,” Starz
“Dancing with the Stars,” ABC
“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo – (2014 Winner in Category)
“Shark Tank,” ABC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS
“The Fosters,” ABC Family – (2014 Winner in Category)
“The Legend of Korra,” Nickelodeon
“Sesame Street,” PBS
“Switched at Birth,” ABC Family

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
“Better Call Saul,” AMC
“Empire,” Fox
“The Flash,” The CW
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Transparent,” Amazon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
“Bessie,” HBO
“The Honorable Woman,” SundanceTV
“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” HBO
“Olive Kitteridge,” HBO
“Wolf Hall,” PBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Transparent,” Amazon
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“The Americans,” FX
“Empire,” Fox
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Justified,” FX
“Mad Men,” AMC

HERITAGE AWARD
“Friends,” NBC
“Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman,” CBS/NBC
“The Shield,” FX
“Star Trek,” NBC
“Twin Peaks,” ABC

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“The Americans,” FX
“Empire,” Fox
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Mad Men,” AMC
“Transparent,” Amazon

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