Our favorite Freeform besties are back, and they’re ready to usher in spring with more romance, incredible fashion, and the kind of joy that can only be had by three twentysomethings living their most fabulous lives in New York City. Heading into its third season, The Bold Type is as refreshing as ever, and EW spoke with showrunner Amanda Lasher about what to expect from the series’ trio of heroines.
JANE SLOAN (Katie Stevens)
Jane, one of Scarlet Magazine‘s most fearless staff writers, has never shied away from a big story, but “Jane realizes that she misses investigative reporting and that she works for Jacqueline Carlyle [played by Melora Hardin], who started her career by being a hard-hitting investigative journalist,” Lasher says. “She and Jacqueline team up and work together, and it’s a partnership that has surprising twists and turns for them.”
Outside of work, Jane is going to explore her reproductive options. “Jane is going after freezing after her eggs and that experience is something that has a whole other level now that there’s somebody who she’s partnered with,” Lasher says, without revealing which man Jane chose. “She’s empowered to take care of herself, her health and her reproductive future, but now she has this person who she has to consider how much she wants them to be a part of it or not be a part of it and how much it’s going to impact them. She also has fun exploring her sexuality more with this person.”
KAT EDISON (Aisha Dee)
As Scarlet‘s director of social media, Kat is “somebody who’s always so passionate about everything and so outspoken,” says Lasher. “And when she encounters a story that falls into the political realm, she realizes that the way she can make her voice heard the most effectively is to run for office and actually be the change she wants to see in the world. She’s able to take her leadership skills that she’s able to harness so well on the internet and bring it to her community, and she sort of surprises herself with how good she is at it and how much it means to her.”
Additionally, Kat’s dealing with a new boss when Scarlet hires a new head of digital. “She’s not reporting to Jacqueline anymore, she’s reporting to the new head of digital and he sees her in a different way and challenges her in ways that she hasn’t been challenged before,” Lasher says. “But it’s also a really cool opportunity for her.”
SUTTON BRADY (Meghann Fahy)
Fashion assistant Sutton is finally seeing success in her chosen field, but in season 3 “she starts to question exactly what she wants out of fashion and what she wants her life to look like, and she realizes that her roots were [in] design. She used to design her own clothes, and that’s something that she might be interested in.”
And when it comes to Richard, Lasher says, “There’s always been this shadow over her with Richard — first it was keeping it secret, then it was this loss that she was trying to deal with, and so now it’s like she has this relationship and it’s going well so it becomes something that nourishes her and that she can grow with. That’s really an exciting new flavor to be able to see on her.”
The Bold Type airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.
Anne del Castillo Named New York City’s Commissioner of Media and Entertainment
The film and TV industries in New York City have a new boss: Anne del Castillo, who has been tapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Del Castillo had served as general counsel and chief operating officer of MOME since 2015. She succeeds Julie Menin, who left the post in February after nearly three years to become Census Director for the city. Del Castillo had been acting commissioner since Menin’s departure.
“Media and entertainment are central to New York City’s economy and identity. Anne has the vision and experience to continue to strengthen the industry during this time of unprecedented growth and change,” said de Blasio. “Her commitment to diversifying our entertainment sector and piloting innovative programs will ensure New York continues to be the media capital of the world.”
At MOME, del Castillo will oversee all activity in the city related to location shooting, tax incentives and the city’s growing focus on diversity and inclusion programs designed to open doors for film and TV employment opportunities to a broad range of New Yorkers. MOME’s charter also extends to the music, Broadway, advertising and other media sectors active in the city.
In all, media and entertainment account for some 305,000 local jobs and economic output of $104 billion, per the Mayor’s Office. Given the rapid growth of lensing in New York during the past 20 years, the MOME commissioner has influence in Hollywood as well as in the five boroughs.
“This is an exciting time for our agency to engage a broad cross-section of industry, community and other key stakeholders to advance an inclusive, sustainable and thriving creative economy that benefits all New Yorkers and reflects the diversity that defines our city,” del Castillo said.
Under Menin, expanded from supporting the film, TV, and theater industries to supporting the music, publishing, advertising and digital media industries as well. MOME also encompasses NYC Media, the City’s official broadcast network and the Office of Nightlife.
That office — and the institution of former bar owner Ariel Palitz as the city’s first “nightlife mayor” — was one of Menin’s signature initiatives as commissioner, along with an outreach program for the city’s music industry, which included a hearing involving some 75 organizations and companies that do business in the city. Menin was also involved in the city’s hosting of the 2018 Grammy Awards, the first time in 15 years the ceremony was held in New York.
Del Castillo joined MOME in 2014 as director of legal affairs. She was closely involved in the creation of the Made in NY Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund, which is has begun to distribute $5 million in grants to women filmmakers and playwrights.
Before that, del Castillo was VP of development and business affairs at American Documentary, producer of PBS’ “POV,” and she worked as associate director of the Austin Film Society, where she administered the Texas Filmmakers Production fund.
“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for his selection, we welcome Commissioner del Castillo, and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the great staff of the Mayor’s Film Office,” said Dee Dee Myers, executive VP of worldwide corporate communications and public affairs for Warner Bros.
Del Castillo’s work in the arena of diversity and inclusion makes her well-suited to her new role.
“We have had the privilege of working with Anne on a number of projects, including the innovative Made in New York Writers Room fellowship, which is advancing the careers of talented television writers whose backgrounds and voices reflect the diversity of the city,” said Lowell Peterson, exec director of Writers Guild of America East. “Anne and MOME are great partners to an important industry and we look forward to continuing to work together.”
World War Z Launch Suffers with Connectivity Issues, Server Problems and Bugs
World War Z launched yesterday, but its first day on the market didn’t exactly go smoothly. Players have reported numerous issues such as multiple failed attempts to connect to the game’s servers and problems during gameplay that halts progression.
The biggest issue at launch appears to be a lack of servers for players to join, meaning that the game is only playable in an offline state. For an online-focused co-operative title, this is quite clearly a major issue. To developer Saber Interactive’s credit though, it looks like the team is trying its best to get more servers up and running to alleviate the problem.
What may take a little more time though are the bugs and glitches that have been brought to light. Personally speaking, we haven’t been able to finish the game’s first chapter yet because the game freezes and doesn’t conclude the level correctly. Other players have reported jittery movement, a “Loading Game Logic” message that crashes the game, and being unable to play with friends in different regions.
Dish to Game of Thrones fans: ‘You’ll need to subscribe to HBO Now’
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and a Dish or Sling TV customer, you’re going to need to subscribe to HBO Now if you want to watch the April 14 premiere of the hit TV show’s final season.
Since Nov. 2018, Dish and HBO have been involved in a dispute which has left the premium TV network blacked out for Dish subscribers. Sling TV, Dish’s streaming platform, has been affected by the dispute as well.
As a result, subscribers to either Dish service have been unable to subscribe to an HBO package through their TV provider.
With the long-awaited final season of Game of Thrones premiering on Sunday night, the satellite television company is directing its subscribers to sign up for HBO Now.
Dish has even gone so far as to set up a website explaining to its customers how to subscribe to HBO Now, which it calls “similar to Netflix.” HBO Now is HBO’s standalone streaming television service, so it doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription. Dish doesn’t receive any compensation for sending its customers to the HBO Now service, though the company obviously benefits by keeping its customers happy.
As of April 2019, the Dish-HBO standoff is in its fifth month, with neither company close to a deal as far as anyone on the outside knows. The channel blackout on Dish is HBO’s first in its history.
Negotiations stalled between the TV service provider and the premium TV network over a “carriage fee” dispute. Dish claimed in a 2018 statement that HBO’s parent company, AT&T, wanted “a guaranteed number of subscribers, regardless of how many consumers actually want to subscribe to HBO.”
As of now, it looks like the dispute between HBO and Dish will continue long after winter comes on the final season of Game of Thrones.
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