So much has happened this past year and like many headlines, my year was filled with laughs and cries, yet I’m still here and very grateful (doesn’t that sound like a pulpit testimony?). Hey, the way I see it, we survived 2012 and will apparently make it out of 2013 OK, too. Fingers crossed. Watching ABC’s “The Year,” hosted by Robin Roberts, probably triggered this sentimentality, as it would probably do for anyone who watches or reads yearly retrospective countdowns. But watching “The Year” did inspire me to list my top three TV series moments of the past 12 months. Before I continue, I would like to give a couple of honorable mentions. First, to the BBC series “Orphan Black” that debuted earlier this year– I enjoyed your twist and turns, good writing and watching Tatiana Maslany play multiple characters. And the second goes to NBC’s “The Office,” a show that a dear friend of mine introduced to me that kept me laughing even when I felt like crying (there’s that testimony again). Enough of that–check out my Top 3 TV series moments of 2013.
–“Game of Thrones'” “The Rains of Castamere” aka “The Red Wedding” episode: If you are like me and hadn’t read the first two books before the series aired, your reaction was most likely along the lines of WTF? For those of you who have yet to read the books or watch that episode, I’ll refrain from giving it away but trust me when I say your jaw will drop. Watch it here.
–“Boardwalk Empire”: OK, the entire season was fascinating for most, given the large amount of time spent on the show’s black characters (mainly Chalky White and his associates) that included the introduction of Dr. Valentin Narcisse (portrayed brilliantly by Jeffrey Wright), and the other storylines unfolding. But the biggest shocker happened when the beloved assassin Richard Harrow (one of my favorite TV characters) met a sad and lonely end. Watch it here.
–“Scandal”: Can we just say that 2013 has been the year for actress Kerry Washington? She got hitched, pregnant, Emmy nod, hit show becomes a bigger hit, and as noted on “The Year” last night, was “2013’s top cover girl”–she was on the cover of just about every major magazine. Plus the season 2 finale offered a shocker–we found out Olivia Pope’s dad was a CIA-like operative–and season three we found out her mother was believed to be dead in a plane crash but found out to be alive “terrorist” who was thought to need protecting. Whew! I guess there’s a reason why people keep tuning in to ABC at 10 p.m. EST Thursday nights. Watch it here.
Watch “Scandal’s” latest episode, “A Door Marked Exit,” season 3 episode 10
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Here’s what else is happening…
If you already don’t know you better ask somebody about AFFRM’s Twitter Rebel-a-thon taking place today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Nineteen film and TV professionals, including directors Ava DuVernay (“Middle of Nowhere”) and Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”), are tweeting all things black cinema and invite “people of all kinds and colors” who are lovers of black film. Sponsored by AFFRM (the African-American Film Releasing Movement) an organization of “like-minded black film nerds” that supports black independent films, and Array, AFFRM’s multi-platform label, the Twitter Rebel-a-thon features 19 members of the black film community discussing related topics and answering questions using @AFFRM’s Twitter account. For those of you unaware, DuVernay directed an episode of ABC’s hit show “Scandal” last month and Coogler’s star has shone even brighter since making his directorial debut in “Fruitvale Station.” The more diverse voices we have out their putting out quality film projects, the better. Read more here.
On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend…
“Getting On”: This dark comedy is worth checking out. It airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on HBO. [Watch here]
“Treme”: This is the penultimate finale airs this weekend. It airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. [Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: People’s support of AFFRM’s Twitter Rebel-a-thon (The organization’s mission is on point so why not.).
NOT: “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s thoughts on black people being “happy” pre-civil rights era (Yes, black people will make ‘ish work, regardless of conditions. But his full explanation was …well, it was something quite stereotypical of what you’d expect him to say.)
HOT: Harvard University’s “The Harvard Lampoon” elects Alexis Wilkinson as its first black female president. (It’s the first time in the famous undergraduate humor pub’s 137-year history that an African-American led the magazine.).
NOT: Theodore Wafer shooting Renisha McBride to death on his front porch as she sought help for her stranded car (He’s charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and a related felony firearm charge. SMH.).
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