‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Danielle Brooks on Season 6: Betrayal, Survival and the ‘Beginning of the End’
by Debra Birnbaum
“We in trouble….!”
That’s how Danielle Brooks describes the upcoming sixth season of “Orange is the New Black,” which is set to stream on Netflix on July 27. Given the seismic events of last season, which traced the fallout of a prison riot among the inmates, things aren’t looking good for the ladies of Litchfield. “There’s no good that can come out of this riot,” says Brooks.
Brooks stars as Tasha “Taystee” Washington, whose crusade for justice for Poussey, her friend and fellow inmate who was killed by a prison guard, fueled the tension that threaded throughout last season,
To say much of anything about “Castle Rock” teeters on the precipice of spoiler territory, since so much of the Hulu anthology series is inspired by preexisting properties, each with their own devoted fandom.Within the first few scenes of the premiere, there are enough references to Stephen King’s oeuvre to keep Jack Torrance typing “all work and no play” until the homicidal maniac actually becomes a dull boy. Said references will go unidentified in this review, but known characters, events, and most prominently, settings, keep coming back up throughout four utterly absorbing episodes.
Beloveds, we miss our favorite shows. Shows we nurtured and coveted, only to learn of their cancellation after many Seasons. Here, we catch up with Castle stars and life after the final episode of Castle aired.
THE ROOKIE (ABC)
Nathan Fillion went on to pop up randomly with cameos on Rick and Morty, Brooklyn Nine Nine, the Santa Clarita Diet, Modern Family, and American Housewife, and is currently set to headline the cop-themed dramedy The Rookie, playing John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD; and which reunites Fillion with onetime Castle showrunner/E.P. Alexi Hawley.
Surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.
Stana Katic’s thriller Absentia was a 10-episode thriller released last Fall on Amazon in the United States. Absentia centers on Emily Byrne (played by Katic), an FBI agent who, while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, disappears without a trace and is declared dead.
Six years later, Emily is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce‘s Patrick Heusinger) has remarried and her son (Patrick McCauley) is being raised by another woman (Downton Abbey‘s Cara Theobold), she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.
‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Tells Us How Season 9 Plays With Time: World ‘Is Starting to Degrade’
Since AMC released key art for Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” last week, fans are in a frenzy trying to decode everything from the helicopter in the background to the crumbling Capitol building. TheWrap caught up with the zombie drama’s new showrunner Angela Kang ahead of San Diego Comic-Con to see how much we could get her to decode for us.
Kang previously confirmed that Season 9 will feature a time jump, just like in the comics, though exactly how long it has been since the conclusion of All Out War remains a mystery. Kang told TheWrap that Season 9 will signal “a new chapter of the show,” and added, “we are jumping ahead with time and playing with time in [Season 9].”
Not only does Season 9 look more closely at the relationships between our favorite characters like Rick, Maggie, Daryl and Carol, but between new characters that will be introduced.
“There will be some intriguing new people that our people run across,” she said.
She also suggested that time will play a role outside of the characters, new or old. We have to remember that the “Walking Dead” universe is an apocalyptic one, and humanity’s demise will start to show.
Kang said that something the key art is supposed to hint at is “just how much the world around them is starting to degrade, like you know, the man-made things of the world. The buildings, the infrastructure, it’s all changing and nature is kind of taking back over in some ways, and that’s going to create a lot of interesting challenges for our people to overcome in the course of the season.”
That degradation might challenge our idea of the communities seen on the series so far. “We’re going to be looking a lot at what it means to have a civilization,” Kang said.
Fans will also get to see characters interacting in “different combinations … and tell stories with people who maybe hadn’t had as many scenes with each other,” she said.
“We want to show what happens to people over time, the ways in which they change and grow,” Kang said. And yes, this goes deeper than Rick’s hair cut. “We want to look at these, like, very long-standing relationships between the characters who are now all so, so different from when we first met them.”
Offred, one of the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.
26 Apr. 2017
Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine’s baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter’s birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.
26 Apr. 2017 Late
Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution, before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.
3 May 2017 Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum
Punished by Serena Joy, Offred begins to unravel and reflects on her time with Moira at the Red Center. A complication during the Ceremony threatens Offred’s survival with the Commander and Serena Joy.
10 May 2017 Faithful
Serena Joy makes Offred a surprising proposition; Offred remembers the unconventional beginning of her relationship with Luke; Ofglen, now Ofsteven, tries reintegrating into Gilead.
17 May 2017 A Woman’s Place
When a trade delegation from Mexico comes to Gilead, Offred discovers several shocking secrets.
24 May 2017 The Other Side
What happened to Luke after he was separated from June and his daughter Hannah. He tries surviving the harsh, new world alone so he can find them again.
31 May 2017 Jezebels
While his wife is away, Commander Waterford takes Offred on an excursion outside the walls of Gilead to a den of iniquity where she finds a familiar face.
7 Jun. 2017 The Bridge
June is tasked with going back to Jezebels to find a package. Meanwhile in Gilead, Janine has trouble relinquishing her newborn baby.
14 Jun. 2017 Night
Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.
25 Apr. 2018 June
Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.
25 Apr. 2018 Unwomen
Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.
2 May 2018 Baggage
June reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.
9 May 2018 Other Women
A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred’s relationship with Serena Joy. Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.
16 May 2018 Seeds
Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick. Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.
23 May 2018 First Blood
Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center. Nick struggles with his new assignment.
30 May 2018 After
An attack sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America; Serena makes a dangerous choice; Moira searches for someone from her past.
6 Jun. 2018 Women’s Work
A sick baby tests Offred and Serena; Janine finally faces Naomi.
13 Jun. 2018 Smart Power
On a diplomatic trip abroad, Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead; Luke and Moira grapple with survivor’s guilt; Offred seeks support from allies.
20 Jun. 2018 The Last Ceremony
A frustrated Serena becomes desperate; The Commander tries to make amends with Offred; Nick pushes Eden farther away; Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.
27 Jun. 2018 Holly
Offred faces a grueling challenge alone as she recalls her life as a mother; Serena and the Commander deal with the fallout of their actions towards Offred.
4 Jul. 2018 Postpartum
Offred is sent to a familiar place; Nick is rocked by Gilead’s brutal response to a crime; Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.
11 Jul. 2018 The Word
Serena and the other Wives strive to make change; Emily learns more about her new Commander; Offred faces a difficult decision.