Danielle Brooks as Mahalia Jackson in 'Mahalia' on Lifetime
Documentary

Mahalia Jackson Finally Gets the Treatment She Deserves in Lifetime’s ‘Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia’

When thinking of great Black female role models across history, one who stands out is Mahalia Jackson. She may not be well known outside of the musical sphere, but Mahalia was an important figure in the civil rights movement. Now she’s finally getting the (television) treatment she deserves in Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, a biopic looking at Mahalia’s gospel career and the effect her music had on history. Mahalia is played by Danielle Brooks, formerly of Orange Is the New Black. The actress is Juilliard trained, and in this project she gets to show off her phenomenal voice (Brooks won […]

Documentary

Nat Geo Tries To Solve The Mystery Of What Happened To Amelia Earhart

On Oct. 20, National Geographic’s Explorer-at-Large Dr. Robert Ballard will hopefully answer the question of what happened to Amelia Earhart in a two-hour special titled Expedition Amelia. Earhart, who disappeared on July 2, 1937, at the age of 39, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. She was attempting to fly around the world when she was last heard from. It’s been over 80 years since her disappearance, and there have been at least 12 searches for her and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Ballard, who discovered the Titanic in 1985, thinks that his team has a […]

Historical Programming

We Raise a Toast to Nellie Bly!

In honor of the Sunday premiere of Lifetime’s Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story, members of our staff raised a glass of emBRAZEN Wines’ Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was sent to us by the wine company in conjunction to and in celebration of the film, and features an image and quote of the intrepid journalist on the label. Christina Ricci stars in the thrilling film, which tells the saga of Bly, who feigned insanity and allowed herself to be committed to the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum on New York’s Blackwell’s Island. While there, she observed the center’s deplorable living […]

Alexander Vlahos (Philippe)
Drama

Alexander Vlahos on the Final Season of ‘Versailles’: “I’m Incredibly Happy With How It Ended”

Versailles, the opulent show about the French court under King Louis XIV (George Blagden), returns for its third and final season in the United States on Oct. 6 on Ovation. With even more mysteries, power plays and court politics, the series explores new territory before coming to a fitting end. Alexander Vlahos plays Philippe d’Orléans, Louis’ darker, more emotional brother, who we last saw leave the palace at the end of Season 2 to go to war at his brother’s request. Speaking from York on his day off, where he’s currently performing in a theater production of Romeo & Juliet, […]

Long Road Home National Geographic Jason Ritter
Drama

The Long Road Home: We’re On Set As Martha Raddatz’s Moving Tale Of Military Sacrifice Comes To National Geographic

It’s 1am on a stifling, central Texas June night and a life-or-death battle is being waged in a remote area of the sprawling Fort Hood military base. Fifteen soldiers hunker down in an open-sided tactical vehicle that is no match for their assailants’ firepower. Some fire frantically into the hostile darkness. Others bellow from the pain of fresh wounds. And one, their leader, does his best to mitigate chaos. No, war hasn’t come stateside. Nor is this an elaborate training exercise. Instead, I’m in the midst of a rending, pivotal moment on the set of National Geographic’s event series The […]

The White Princess
Drama

The White Princess: Humble And Penitent? Not This Lady

A new generation of wicked-smart, scheming women manipulate the English throne in Starz’s eight-episode limited series The White Princess. The series is a follow-up to 2013’s The White Queen — both based on Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction novels of the same names — which follows the political and emotionally turbulent times of 15th-century British history over who is the rightful king … according to the ladies’ vantage point. In this complex monarchal world way too full of Richards, Edwards, Henrys and Elizabeths, there is a battle between two sides of the same family — the House of Lancaster and the […]