Entertainment’s Unruly Women: Sophia Burset of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Welcome back to the Unruly Women series! Recently, we took a look at Joan Holloway from Mad Men, an ultra sassy, forward-thinking businesswoman of the 1960s. Today, we’re jumping forward to the 21st century to another groundbreaking female character: Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) from Orange is the New Black. Continue reading

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10 GIFs or Less: Getting to know ‘Orange is the New Black’

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

The Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black has become insanely popular, and with good reason. The show offers a glimpse into a life that many of us will never experience: that of an inmate in a New York women’s prison. Based on the memoir of the main character, Piper, the series provides its viewers with intense drama, love triangles, endless humor and all sorts of prison conflicts. Still not convinced to watch? Check out these GIFs and then get back to us. Continue reading

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Emmy Awards 2014: Who should have been nominated and who should win!

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

Did Tatiana Maslany deserve an Emmy? In the voice of Sarah Manning my answer to that question would have to be, “You’re damn right!”  On Thursday, July 10 the Emmy nominations were announced.  While I was beyond thrilled with the majority of the comedy categories, I was enraged with the drama ones. Continue reading

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Why ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 2 is even better than the first!

 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

(This review contains spoilers!)

Wikipedia defines Binge watching as “the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show.” Before July 11, 2013 I wasn’t too familiar with that term. Sure, I would watch a couple episodes of Parks and Recreation in between classes but nothing too crazy. That was until the release of the first thirteen episodes of Jenji Kohan’s ground breaking Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black. I devoured those 13 episodes, only stopping for food and bathroom breaks. When I finished the first season I was left with tons of questions, bags under my eyes and a countdown on my phone until there would be more episodes of my new favorite show.

Season 1 gave us everything a first season should give us, phenomenal writing and plot twists, characters that we grew extremely attached to and immensely quotable scenes. (“I’m gonna call you dandelion, because they’re pretty and yellow just like you.”)

I set my alarm for 3 a.m. on June 6. I figured I had waited long enough and that I might as well watch it as it premieres. I wound up sleeping through my alarm and franticly waking up at 5 that morning. I acted as if the episodes were going to go somewhere if I didn’t watch them the second they were available to me. To be honest I was just so excited to see my favorite characters again, but at the same time I was extremely nervous. I was nervous that maybe this season wouldn’t be as wonderful as the last and that it wouldn’t make me want to binge watch it like I did last summer. Well I didn’t binge watch it like I did last season. Instead I aggressively attacked it and finished it in just two days. I would have finished it in one but I decided to go outside and see civilization.

To say I was blown away with the second season is the biggest understatement of the century. The writing was sharper, the character development was impeccable and the plotlines were darker and more complex. Don’t get me wrong I love a good episode about a whole prison on the hunt for a chicken. (Stuffed with drugs. How reliable is Maritza’s friend Potato Chip anyway?) But women who catch cockroaches and train them to transport cigarettes to different cellblocks is just gold. Thank God I didn’t watch the premiere at 3 a.m. I would have woken up my whole house with how much screaming I did and how much I was shouting, “OH MY GOD!”

The first episode was so out of format then the other episodes. The episode opened on Piper (Taylor Schilling) in the SHU, explaining her egg-celent painting of “thirsty bird.”   She was then taken on a plane to Chicago without knowing if she killed Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning). In Chicago we would be informed of two things, Piper hates deep-dish pizza, and Alex (Laura Prepon) once again screwed Piper over. The Pilot was intense but nothing compared to the emotional roller coaster that was the fist episode of Season 2.

This season also challenged our favorite chef, Red (Kate Mulgrew). Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) was an old friend of Red’s but we quickly learned it was more of a hatred and friendship out of respect sort of deal. Vee took over the whole prison and recruited some of our favorite inmates to be her prisoners; she almost killed Red and tried to pin it all on Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba). This season we also got a glimpse into some prisoners’ lives before they were in Litchfield. We got to meet Christopher, Morello’s (Yael Stone) ex-fiancé, we saw Poussey’s (Samira Wiley) life as an army brat stationed in Germany and we got to see Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) in action as she robbed bank after bank.   I personally loved the backstories of Poussey and Morello the most. I’ve always found those two characters so interesting and so essential to Piper’s story, even though Poussey barely interacts with her. I’ve always felt that her story had to be told.

This season was filled with so many surprises and an ending that left us feeling satisfied and eager for next season. Opposed to last season’s finale that basically put me into a yearlong depression waiting for new episodes. Vee’s storyline was very well thought out and I am so glad that the writers chose to end her story at the end of this season. Vee was a bump in the road for these prisoners and knowing that she isn’t coming back for the third season is such a relief. Kohan and the other writers really outdid themselves this season with the stories of these strong and flawed women. I feel very privileged to be able to take in this kind of exceptional television. I will be counting down the days until season three, but until then I’ll be re-watching this badass season.

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"The witch no. 1" lithograph (Image Credit: Joseph E Baker / United States Library of Congress)

Why You Should Be Excited About Jenji Kohan’s Upcoming Salem Witch Trials Show

"The witch no. 1" lithograph (Image Credit: Joseph E Baker / United States Library of Congress)

“The witch no. 1” lithograph (Image Credit: Joseph E Baker / United States Library of Congress)

Apparently, it’s the season of the witch on television with shows like Witches of East End, American Horror Story: Coven and Sleepy Hollow. But this is one trend I won’t be complaining about. In fact, I’m ecstatic, particularly since this new round of TV witches is already inspiring more of the same.

The most recent witch-y show announced is Jenji Kohan’s as yet untitled HBO period drama on the Salem Witch Trials. This news comes only a few months after a similar announcement from WGN America, whose upcoming supernatural-oriented show Salem is set during the same period. Continue reading

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5 Reasons to be excited for ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season Two!

The Cast of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Jill Greenberg)

The Cast of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Jill Greenberg)

The Netflix original series Orange is the New Black has been the talk of the town since it first aired early in the summer of this year! The show follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), an ex-lesbian (well not quite) drug smuggler who enters a women’s correction facility for a year. While doing hard time she becomes well acquainted with some of the prison’s finest criminals such as a red-haired Russian mob wife, an immoral nun (who knew those existed) and a transgender woman, among many others. As audiences get geared up for the series’ second season, there are a number of things to get excited for!

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Top 5 Worst TV Show Employees

Will Artnett as Gob Bluth in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Will Artnett as Gob Bluth in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

One of my favorite parts about watching TV shows is matching characters to people I know in real life. I think that’s part of why office dramas do so well. We all know those characters. More than over-bearing bosses, or that awkward office romance that probably isn’t as cute as those two think, nothing is more relatable than bad employees. Here I’ve compiled a list of five of television’s worst employees. Continue reading

An Interview with ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Michael Harney

Michael Harney (Image Credit: Brett Erickson)

Michael Harney (Image Credit: Brett Erickson)

It’s always exciting to speak with someone who has been in the entertainment industry as long as Michael Harney has. From roles on shows like NYPD: Blue and Deadwoodto Weedsand his newest venture, Orange is the New Black,Harney demonstrates the kind of skills it takes to stay in the business. But the other half of what has made him a lasting figure in entertainment comes from his gruff voice that oozes charm and character, as well as an attitude that truly shows how much he cares about the work he’s doing. Continue reading

Netflix Original Programming: The Future of TV?

Landon Liboiron as Peter Rumancek and Bill Skarsgård as Roman Godfrey in HEMLOCK GROVE (Image Credit: Netflix)

Landon Liboiron as Peter Rumancek and Bill Skarsgård as Roman Godfrey in HEMLOCK GROVE (Image Credit: Netflix)

How many of you have chosen to give up cable in favor of a Netflix subscription? There are plenty of people who maintain both cable and Netflix subscriptions, but there’s an increasing trend toward customers eschewing traditional cable or satellite in favor of a reasonably priced (less than $10/month) subscription to Netflix’s streaming services. Given the wide range of television programming available on Netflix (with more being added regularly), some customers feel there’s no reason to shell out the cash for anything more. Continue reading