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Netflix’s Witcher Series Set for 8 Episodes, Potential 2020 Release

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Netflix is looking to catch on the dark fantasy TV ride, and with The Witcher they picked one of the best potential properties around. News has tricked out courtesy of creator and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, who has been open and excited about the process via her Twitter account. Although not all fans agree with the brief character insights she gives.

Now her account has delivered the biggest news yet after a Netflix event in Rome. We have an episode count, a filming location, and a potential release target.

The first season of Hissrich’s Witcher series will span 8 episodes, of which only the pilot has currently been scripted out. It will also film in eastern Europe and Hissrich hopes for a 2020 release, though she maintains that the process will maintain a focus on quality over speed. The remaining 7 episodes still need writing, and new writers continue to join the show.

The show will adapt author Andrzej Sapkowski’s books (read them, they’re a bit dated but still excellent). It’s unclear whether this includes his short story collections, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. Hopefully, it does, because The Last Wish would make for really great television.

A lot of the success for this Witcher adaptation will depend on Hissrich, who has producer credits on Netflix’s The Defenders and Daredevil while also writing for both. She produced for Power, Do No Harm, Parenthood, and Private Practice. Her tweets have given fans a lot of insight into the ongoing development of the show and the book’s characters. I think she has a solid handle on everyone, and there’s no denying her enthusiasm.

There’s also no denying the potential of The Witcher on television. Sapkowski’s books and short stories are highly political tales with strong characters and a fascinating setting. They have their share of problematic content that hasn’t aged well, but with a woman showrunner, Sapkowski’s involvement, and years to reflect, hopefully, some of that can be updated for modern sensibilities. If so, we could get a truly unique and excellent fantasy show.

Here’s hoping for the best.


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Workplace Comedy Grosse Misconduct Centers LGBTQ+ Actors, Characters

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Sometimes, there’s nothing quite so relatable as a workplace comedy. We’ve all been the awkward person at the party, or had that weird interaction with our boss (okay, maybe not that extreme), or been the one to have to teach Kevin from sales how to use the printer for the umpteenth time. Jesus, Kevin. This isn’t that hard! (insert twss joke here)

Unfortunately, a lot of television workplace comedies lack the diversity of our workplaces when it comes to queer representation. It’s as if Hollywood doesn’t think LGBTQ+ folk work normal jobs. Either that or the one LGBT character present is a walking stereotype, or worse, a punchline.

Enter Grosse Misconduct, a six-part queer digital webseries and workplace comedy that veers from the dramatic to the absurd and features not one, but two leading LGBTQ+ characters. Created by out actor Colby Ryan and co-written with his writing partner, Anne Schroeder, Grosse Misconduct depicts an eccentric Human Resources team as they navigate personal and professional struggles under the leadership of their high-maintenance director, Mitch Grosse. Now, I’ve never worked in Human Resources, by one of my good friends has and when I showed the teasers to her, she about died with how real it felt.

Grosse Misconduct also stars Iranian American transgender actress and activist Pooya Mohseni as Alicia Castile, Anne Schroeder a Sarah Wilson, Steve Barkman as Brian Lambert, and Colby Ryan as Mitch Grosse. The series was released in May, a few days ahead of Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series Pose and was, in part, inspired by it.

From let to right: Sarah Wilson, Steve Barkman as Brian Lambert, Pooya Mohseni as Alicia Castile, and Colby Ryan as Mitch Grosse.

What’s so engaging to me about the series is that, as a workplace comedy, it offers a refreshing and very much welcome perspective on queer life and experience. If you’ve been looking for a show that bypasses traditional coming out stories and struggles over gender identity—both valid and necessary stories to tell, of course—Grosse Misconduct is for you. The characters are allowed to be people first, just like everyone else. Their gender and/or sexual orientation isn’t the sum total of their characterization. The characters live, love, work, argue, celebrate successes, and deal with failures just like everyone else.

That’s what makes workplace comedies so relatable to so many people. Because we’ve all been there. No matter what industry, job, boss, or office it is; we get it. What sets Grosse Misconduct apart is that multiple of the relatable characters are queer.

About time.

More information about Gross Misconduct, including all six episodes, is available on the website. Please give it a watch, I highly recommend it!


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With a Kiss I Die Brings New Life to Beloved Shakespeare Romance

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“In my lifetime, I’ve only fallen in love twice. The first time led to betrayal, murder, and suicide; the second time would prove far more tragic.”

Thus begins the trailer for the highly anticipated LGBTQ Shakespearean vampire romance. You heard me. Racially Diverse. Queer. Vampire. Shakespeare. Did I mention it’s based on Romeo and Juliet? Yes, that Romeo and Juliet.

As it turns out, after Juliet tried to commit suicide, she was turned into a vampire by the one known only as “Father.” She then told her story to the Bard of Avon, and he turned it into a play. Centuries later, Juliet has found love again with an American woman named Farryn. In this dark romance, Juliet’s vampire family, headed by a blood-thirsty patriarch, disapproves of the pairing. Once again, our heroine must choose between love and family while struggling with her fear of repeating her past mistakes, leading to further tragedy.

You all know how much I enjoy angsty Sapphic vampire stories and this looks to be just up my alley. From stunningly gorgeous sets and filming locations to the interracial romance, it looks to be something I’ll watch multiple times. I’m no fan of Romeo and Juliet re-tellings, but this one? I’m already stanning for it.

Directed and penned by Ronnie Khalil, the film stars Ella Kweku as Juliet and newcomer Paige Emerson as Farryn, as well as top Greek actors from stage and screen George Kopsidas as Amaltheo and Ioannis Papazisis as ‘cousin.’ As of August 28, With a Kiss I Die will be available on demand on iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, Dish Network, and Mediacom.

Plus, With a Kiss I Die is already available for pre-order on iTunes here: https://apple.co/2tzMkRb and you can bet your bananas I’ve already preordered it. This is the Romeo and Juliet adaptation I never knew I needed.

For more information go to: www.withakissidie.com


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Jeremiah and Thaddeus talk about the origins and impact of the Hays Codes on Hollywood.

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