TV News – Orange is the New Black Season 6

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‘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,

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TV News – The Walking Dead Season 9

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‘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.”

“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC with Season 9 this fall.

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Westworld Renewed for Season 3

 

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HBO has renewed Westworld for a third season, the network announced on Tuesday, just days after the sci-fi drama’s Season 2 premiere.

Set in a futuristic theme park where visitors can live out their cowboy fantasies, Westworld stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris and Jimmi Simpson. Its sophomore season debuted on April 22 with 2.1 million total viewers, on par with its freshman finale.

Westworld‘s second season currently airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

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Westworld Season 1 Recap

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S1, Ep1
4 Oct. 2016
The Original


Programmer Bernard detects aberrant behavior in recently re-coded hosts; Dolores and Teddy’s narrative is upended by a mysterious Man in Black.


S1, Ep2
11 Oct. 2016
Chestnut


Two guests arrive at the park with very different expectations; Maeve’s emotions are tweaked; The Man in Black seeks help from a condemned man.


S1, Ep3
18 Oct. 2016
The Stray 


Elsie and Stubbs search for a missing host; Teddy gets a new backstory; Bernard investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts.


S1, Ep4
25 Oct. 2016
Dissonance Theory


Dolores joins William and Logan on a bounty hunt; The Man in Black makes a significant discovery; Ford and Theresa discuss the park’s future.


S1, Ep5
1 Nov. 2016
Contrapasso


Dolores, William and Logan reach Pariah, and are recruited for a dangerous mission; The Man in Black meets an unlikely ally.


S1, Ep6
8 Nov. 2016
The Adversary


Maeve charms Felix; Elsie discovers evidence that could point to sabotage; Teddy and the Man in Black conflict with a garrison.


S1, Ep7
15 Nov. 2016
Trompe L’Oeil


Dolores, William and Lawrence journey into treacherous terrain; Maeve presents her demand; Bernard considers his next move.


S1, Ep8
22 Nov. 2016
Trace Decay


Bernard struggles with a mandate; Teddy is troubled by dark memories; Maeve looks to change her script.


S1, Ep9
29 Nov. 2016
The Well-Tempered Clavier 


Dolores and Bernard reconnect with their pasts; Maeve makes a bold proposition to Hector; Teddy finds enlightenment, at a price.


S1, Ep10
6 Dec. 2016
The Bicameral Mind


Ford unveils his bold new narrative; Dolores embraces her identity; Maeve sets her plan in motion.


WESTWORLD season 2 airs April 22 only on HBO.

Blindspot Season 3 – Episode Recaps

 

Fans of the NBC drama were left to wonder for five months why Jane’s ink was lighting up at the end of Season Two. Let’s find out.


S3 Ep11

26 Jan. 2018


Technology Wizards


Jane and Weller partnered with Clem to find Avery, whom Kurt discovered is still alive and was being held captive in Berlin by Diedrich aka Max. Kurt was looking for Max when he was in Berlin during Jane’s’ sabbatical’. Let’s recap!


This week’s episode continued the search for Avery. After Paterson found video surveillance of Avery meeting with Roman at the hotel, she showed it to Kurt. When Jane was told Avery is still alive, she wanted to go rogue and extract her, without Kurt’s help, but Reade insisted she partner with him. Jane also persuaded Reade to allow her ex mercenary friend Clem to join them, and Reade gave the approval after vetting Clem first.


Kurt Jane and Clem quickly found the warehouse Avery was in but it went south and she was whisked away. They managed to use a dead merc’s phone to call Max, traced it, found where Avery was being held – some disused tunnels – went there, bust her out. Kurt had a face off with Roman about how he’s not going to have Jane for long, revenge, yadda yadda yadda. Max/Deidrich was working with Roman.


Paterson discovered her app was being used to blackmail users by an ex-colleague she hired to write code for it. He voluntarily surrendered to the FBI when he realised his lover was the one behind the blackmail and was making an arms deal. The Team allowed him to wear a wire and distract the buyers long enough so Reade and his Team could suit up and take down the buyers.


Jane Kurt and Clem brought Avery to safety, having her checked out in hospital. Zapata confided in Paterson that she still has feelings for Reade, but Paterson told her not to say anything. Zapata couldn’t wait any longer and tracked down Reade just as he shows her the engagement ring he has for Meghan. Zapata says she’ll love it, and they embraced.


There was no indication Zapata has a secret agenda this week, and there was no mystery with the next tattoo, but it was still a tense dramatic episode.


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S3, Ep12
2 Feb. 2018

Two Legendary Chums

Weller and his former FBI partner reunite for a dangerous undercover mission while Zapata interrogates a past foe.

S3, Ep10
19 Jan. 2018

Balance of Might

The team races to thwart a deadly terrorist plot with the help of Reade’s journalist girlfriend when Crawford is discovered to be funding terrorism using Refugees from camps. A plot to set off two devices in New York City is foiled when the Team intervenes.

Meanwhile, Jane is still blanking Kurt at work, and Zapata can’t cope with Reade fawning over his live-in girlfriend,Meghan.


Roman continues his charade with Blake but Victor is closing in; running Roman’s fingerprints from a shot glass to identify him before he fleeces Blake out of her fortune, or worse.


Jane has flashbacks to her time as a gun for hire, and reunites with Clem in a bid to track down her daughter.


Paterson does some investigating regarding Avery and tells Kurt she’s found surveillance from the Hotel in Berlin – Avery met with Roman the day before Kurt showed up. Roman is seen handing ‘Avery’ and wad of cash in a brown envelope which suggests ‘Avery’ isn’t Jane’s real daughter.

S3, Ep9
12 Jan. 2018

Hot Burning Flames


 After fearing for weeks that Roman would reveal to Jane what happened in Berlin, Weller decided he couldn’t live with the secret anymore and broke the news to Jane himself. Why he did it will unfold over the course of the rest of the Season but it was an accident – wrong place wrong time.
Not only did he meet Jane’s long-lost daughter while he was in Germany but he killed her.  The betrayal of not telling her is going to be a hard pill for Jane to swallow. Roman called Kurt at the end of the previous episode and told him he’s off the hook now Hank Crawford is within his grasp.

Hank Crawford,  (Father to Roman’s “love interest,” Blake) was revealed to be working with Director Hirst, just as the Team took her into custody. Roman has created these bio-luminescent tattoos to bring down Hank Crawford, and while the team is working the outside of it, Roman has infiltrated the inside.
This week’s episode centred on stolen nukes and as usual the Team saved the day but there were two casualties.
Jane is furious Kurt lied to the daughter she never got a chance to meet and leaves him. Kurt is visibly devastated.
The final moments of the episode show Avery escaping from her captors but is it too late?
Her mobile phone has the interest of her captors……
Zapata’s big reveal was no surprise – she’s working against the FBI since she joined the CIA but her big agenda will be revealed later in the Season.


S3, Ep7
15 Dec. 2017

Fix My Present Havoc
This week’s episode was a game-changer for Kurt and the Team. Let’s dig in.

We only had one flashback, Stuart’s obsession with the molecule tattoo, and how Paterson berated him for working on it every chance he got. We got to see his murder – Director Hirst came to his apartment to discuss his findings on the molecule tattoo, and then she slashed his throat and got her one-eared friend Eric Vance to clean it up.


Remember how Paterson turned up at Stuart’s apartment the night he was murdered? She interrupted Vance doing clean up but he climbed out the window to avoid her. Vance co-operated with Hirst in exchange for her blackmailing a prominent Doctor at a cancer treatment facility so Vance’s husband Julian could get top billing in a treatment program instead of being given a placebo. Hirst had dirt on the Doctor and blackmailed her to keep treating Julian but Doctor Palmeri wanted reparations for her financial issues and plotted to release a deadly virus by sending infected rats into New York’s water supply.


Roman kept leaving clues for the Team to find to help them reveal Hirst’s real agenda. There was an awkward scene at Reade’s apartment where Director Hirst insinuated herself into their Saturday morning routine so she could covertly tell Reade she doesn’t trust Zapata and her FBI clearance should be revoked otherwise Hirst will reveal Reade’s dirty past.


Meanwhile, the Team boost Vance and hold him at Kurt’s apartment while they get intel on Hirst’s agenda. She used Vance to dig up dirt on candidates for the Directorship of the FBI and then blackmailed them. Reade is her patsy.


Jane calls Clem to ask for his help tracking down her daughter, Avery.


When Kurt arranges for a safe house for Vance in exchange for his help, the safe house is lit up and sadly, Vance is shot dead.


The final scene was Hirst arriving in Reade’s office just as he answers a call from Kurt warning him that Hirst knows everything and she’s coming for him next.


S3, Ep6
8 Dec. 2017

Adoring Suspect
This week, Weller was contacted by Roman with his latest demand. He must work as a consultant on a movie, which is being funded by terrorists so they can ship weapons secretly among the movie’s equipment. The murder attempt on the star of the movie because he shot off his mouth about the poor production value, was halted when Kurt saved his life.
The FBI wade in and stop the terrorists from detonating a nerve agent at a public event where First Responders were to be in full attendance. Meanwhile, Roman’s been stalking the wealthy heiress, Blake, but his end game has yet to be revealed.

Jane tells Kurt she’s not going to search for her daughter but Paterson tracks down the details of the midwife who kept separate notes on the birth away from the hospital records. Kurt doesn’t give the details to Jane when she reassures him she’s not looking for her daughter. After Roman hints he’ll tell Jane that Kurt had already found Avery, Kurt tells Roman ‘the truth would destroy Jane‘ and so Kurt is now Roman’s to manipulate until death do us part.

Reade falls foul of Director Hurst when he questions her actions, and she reminds him she protects her people, and also reminds him she was a crucial component in his promotion to Assistant Director. Reade steals the silver disc Jane needs to light up her new tattoos and scan them off-grid; while the Team covertly mount an investigation in to Director Hurst.

S3, Ep5
1 Dec. 2017
This Profound Legacy
While Jane struggles to cope with a secret from her past, the team races to prevent an international crisis – a war of succession. King Ivan Valdermaris of Kazahrusia’s sole heir is on the run with his Mom; who was raped by the King when she used to work at the Kazahrusian Embassy. King Ivan’s brother Cyrus  doesn’t want him to take his rightful place as King; and fire-bombs every medical records facility stockpiling untested rape kits, and puts a hit out on the son and his Mom.

Meanwhile, the Team are reeling over the discovery that Jane had a daughter but gave her up for adoption. We learnt from Roman that Shepherd was behind the adoption process.

We’re no closer to discovering who Stewart’s killer is, but the conspiracy goes even deeper inside the FBI than Paterson and Zapata imagined.

After fighting off the hitmen, Jane tells Kurt she’s changed her mind about finding her daughter, and decides the daughter is better off not knowing about her.

The final few minutes of the episode’s big reveal were shocking:
THE FLASHBACK
Kurt stumbled across Jane’s daughter Avery while he was in Berlin searching for Jane !
Avery had been searching for Jane too, and knew Jane’s alias names.
Stay tuned!

S3, Ep4
17 Nov. 2017

Gunplay Ricochet

The big reveal this episode – Jane had a daughter 18 years ago.

As the team chased a deadly bomber who’s terrorizing Manhattan, Jane uncovered a shattering secret from her youth: the man who handled the adoption of Jane and Roman also handled the adoption of Jane’s daughter. When Rossi escapes Federal custody, it’s down to the FBI Team to assist the State Department.

Paterson unlocks the code to another tattoo that leads the Team to breadcrumbs Roman has left; linking other tattoos. This week the Team stopped a bomber who had resurfaced after almost twenty years.

Roman left a chilling reminder of his revenge agenda on Jane and Kurt’s wedding video; after Roman spent the day planting a tracking device on a bracelet purchased at a charity event.

Zapata caught Reade out in a lie that hints at him being behind the cover ups Stewart found, and which led to his murder.
Paterson and Zapata are working covertly to solve Stewart’s murder.

 

S3, Ep3
10 Nov. 2017

Upside Down Craft

While Jane and Weller hunt down a collective of dangerous computer hackers, Patterson and Rich Dotcom must work together to hide an explosive secret from their past.


After the time-jump, we’ve learnt that Rich Dotcom helped the FBI and now that he’s on probation, he’s been brought on as Patterson’s  replacement. She’s back, having developed an App and made a few dollars.


Though she initially pretends to be shocked and appalled that Rich is working for the FBI, we’ve also learnt that she’d been working with him as part of a team of renegade hackers – Three Blind Mice.


S3, Ep2

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3 Nov. 2017
A TRAITOR HIDES AMONG THE TEAM

As the team adjusts to their new dynamic and the new tattoos; they battle a dangerous foreign power that is trying to hijack a satellite.

A group of mercenaries hack the D.O.D. mainframe and crash a satellite which guards the missile defence shield for the Nation, in order to steal its black box and sell it to the North Koreans, who use the box to shut down the shield while a missile is headed for California. The Team retrieve the black box in time and defeat the group trying to take down the shield.

Jane proves invaluable to the Team when she unearths crucial intel on one of the mercenaries; whom she worked with on kidnap and rescue cases during her absence.

When she gives the name of the mercenary, Kurt is visibly shocked that she hadn’t shared the details with him first. Later, he admits that he feels like he brought back a stranger. She has shown him that she can survive without him and it scares him; he almost admits as much, and says Roman is trying to break them, and he won’t let it happen.
Roman had told Weller that the new tattoos have to be solved in a certain order this time, and says he will help Weller unlock them. Reade, as new Assistant Director of the FBI, is adamant that the Department isn’t going to be manipulated by Roman this time; but when he realises the magnitude of the impact of the new tattoos on civilian lives, he backs down.

Meanwhile, Roman targets a rich guy who runs a PTSD support group based in Sydney so he can access the money, and one of the consultants from the D.O.D. betrays her co-worker and steals the black box and gives it to the buyer.
Weller later finds her dead, and a shoot-out ensues. The Team take down the bad guys and head back to HQ to pat each other on the back. Job well done.

The final two minutes of the episode revealed a traitor is working within the Team when Paterson turns up at Stewart’s apartment and finds it ransacked, and his body slumped up against the wall.
Zapata turns up at Reade’s apartment with an olive branch/peace offering (6 beers) for giving Reade a hard time on the case, but she got a surprise – reade’s live-in girlfriend was there. The way Zapata keeps mentioning she’s with the CIA now is kind of grating but maybe it’s for a reason. Also, one of the tattoos caught Zapata’s attention and she made a phone call alerting her CIA contacts that it may be a problem.
Stay tuned.

S3, Ep1
27 Oct. 2017

Back to the Grind

Jane and Weller got married shortly after the Sandstorm debacle, before moving across the country to Colorado, where they spend their time renovating their new home and taking care of Allie and Weller’s baby daughter. Jane is almost killed by a team of assassins in her house; a massive bounty has been put on her head by a former Sandstorm loyalist. Jane’s only option is to assume a new identity and start fresh with an entirely different life somewhere else – alone.

TIME-JUMP
18 months after parting ways under mysterious circumstances, the FBI team is brought back together by a new crisis. Weller finds Jane in Nepal 18 months later, and they uncover Jane’s bioluminescent tattoos. What does it mean?
Jane remembers she was in an accident a few months back and was hospitalised. She’d drifted in and out of consciousness; giving anyone access to her tattoos. New ones have been added, and a trail of clues become breadcrumbs to uncovering the truth about who Jane is.
The first tattoo, a quote from Dante’s Inferno, leads Jane and Weller back to Venice, the site of their engagement. Roman calls Jane to tell her he’s responsible for her new ink.

ALL CHANGE
Jane and Weller head to Venezuela, where Reade, Zapata and Patterson are being held hostage until they can hack a high-tech central processing unit. Agent Reade is now heading up the Bureau’s New York office, Zapata has since transferred to the CIA; and Patterson has been developing an app in Silicon Valley.
All of them decide to team up once again to investigate Jane’s ink and neutralise her brother.