NBC’s ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ is on course to tackle sensitive subject matter this year.

For, it has emerged that the hit crime series is readying an episode which pulls from the controversial cases were the Paula Deen racism scandal, and the horrific murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, in an episode that will rock the world as part of its 15th season.

Kicking off on September 25th, the new season will see ‘Smash‘ star Leslie Odom Jnr,play the father of a black child shot by a world renown TV chef, based on Deen and portrayed by ‘Taxi Driver’ actress Cybill Shepherd.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Warren Leight explains:

“Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him.There’s a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well.”

He went on to add:

“It was really interesting to see people read that script and have different interpretations about who did what and whether or not they deserved prison for it. It was fascinating. For better or for worse, this is a good season. It’s almost like we’re being bombarded by headlines. It’s tricky, but we’ll be doing that a lot this season.”

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Meet ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete‘, the brand new movie set to hit theatres on October 11th!

Starring Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and featuring original music from co-producer Alicia Keys, the movie is already anticipated to be one of the year’s strongest releases, teasing its moving story via a trailer now available to watch above!

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The Lifetime network is heating up this Summer…thanks to ‘Devious Maids’. 

Created Marc Cherry (the brain behind Desperate Housewives), and executive produced by Eva Longoria, the show follows five Latina maids who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Each lady has ambitions and dreams of her own, while one of them has a much darker reason for working the circuit.

Having debuted in June, the show’s first season boasts 13 episodes. Check out a preview for episode 10 of the first series below…

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The cast of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ have much cause to celebrate today, now the ratings for the second half of their reunion special have hit the net!

Hitting VH1 at 8pm on Monday night, part two of their reunion brought in an audience of 4,126,000 million viewers- making it the highest rated cable program of the night.

Quite interestingly, this episode marks the second highest viewed episode of the entire season, outperforming its launch episode which secured 2.94 million viewers on April 22nd.

While failing to match or better its first half ( 4.19 million), the special’s ratings saw it best efforts made by FOX’s ‘Family Guy (2,870,000 million)’ and WWE Entertainment.

Coming in at #3, the Vince McMahon led wrestling series drew in 4,317 million with an Adult Rating  (18-49) of 1.6%!

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The cast of our weekly fix ‘Devious Maids’ have cause to celebrate. For, Lifetime have picked up the dramedy for a second season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will return with 13 additional episodes in 2014.

The series, which was created by Desperate Housewives mastermind Marc Cherry, serves as Lifetime’s fastest-growing drama (ever) and has propelled the cable network to become the No. 1 network on Sundays at 10 p.m. among women. Imperative to  note: the show’s audience is 18% Hispanic, which nearly doubles Lifetime’s primetime average.

‘Maids’ centers on a group of maids Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz and Judy Reyes) who are united by their jobs, struggles and employers’ “upstairs-downstairs” universe. Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Grant Show, Matt Cedeno, Melinda Page Hamilton, Drew Van Acker, Brianna Brown and Brett Cullen co-star.

“One of the most daring series on television, ‘Devious Maids’ has quickly become a hit,” Lifetime executive Vice President and General Manager Rob Sharenow said of the show, which is executive produced by Housewives star Eva Longoria.

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Yes, yes, and yes! Season one has us hooked, so we’re elated to know its gripping storylines will be given legs to sprint into another season.

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The Lifetime network is heating up this Summer…thanks to ‘Devious Maids’. 

Created Marc Cherry (the brain behind Desperate Housewives), and executive produced by Eva Longoria, the show follows five Latina maids who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Each lady has ambitions and dreams of her own, while one of them has a much darker reason for working the circuit.

Having debuted in June, the show’s first season boasts 13 episodes. Check out a preview for episode 9 of the first series below…

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Last week, President Obama saw Kim Kardashian and Rapper boyfriend Kanye West make headlines, when he explained how the pair endorsed a culture of ‘perceived success’.

Available to read here, his quote on the pair soon found its way back to the Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, who took to her hit show ‘Kris’ to weigh in on the matter.

Watch the star maker in defence mode above!

Five months after pulling the plug on their hit series ‘Spartacus’, Chris Albrecht‘s ‘Starz’ has set its sights on the TV adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s ‘The Cousin’s War‘…. ‘The White Queen’.

While the show will draw to a close in the UK next Sunday, last night saw Starz introduce the series to US audiences- months after having an alternate version of the show shot, featuring ‘explicit’ scenes that did not feature in its British airing.

On the US version, actor Max Irons explains:

“‘There’s the BBC cut and the Starz cut. You get a lot more a*** in the Starz version – the cameras kept rolling after the BBC stopped the scene.”

Tune into ‘Queen’ next Friday at 9pm ET!

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The X Factor UK is back for its tenth outing.

Set to kick off later this month on ITV, the show will once again embark on the search for the UK’s next big star.

Having launched the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, and JLS to name but a few, the Simon Cowell created show has its work cut out for itself in what is a milestone year.

Featuring judges Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, and Louis Walsh, the first teaser for this series of the ratings winner below…

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The ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ are back!

Well…almost.

For, after watching their fifth season bring in an average of 3 million viewers per week, the Southern belles have eyed November for the launch of their sixth season!

Calling on its existing cast to return, the series is currently being filmed and- if the murmurings of Atlanta locals are to be believed- the ladies have been reportedly been joined by reported newbie…Mynique Smith.

Fortunately for fans of the hit show, Nene LeakesI Dream of Nene’ docu-series will air in September, following the ‘Housewife’ as she readies to rewed ex husband Gregg Leakes.

Kicking off on September 17th, the spin off series will feature appearances from Season 4 star Marlo Hampton and existing ‘Wife’ Cynthia Bailey, birthed to tide fans over until the ‘Housewives’ Season 6 launch date!

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‘Motivation’ maestro Kelly Rowland is still looking to motivate you to get her sizzling six pack via the latest installment of her Jeanette Jenkins-helmed workout DVDs ‘Sexy Abs’.

The newest edition, titled ‘Sexy Abs: Cardio Sculpt’, will blast to shelves in October.  But, before Rowland gets you right and ready for the fall, check above for a quick behind-the-scenes look at its creation.

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The TD Jakes produced film, which depicts the biography of famed South African civil rights activist Winnie Mandela (wife of Nelson Mandela), finally gets an official U.S. release date after months of teasers.  See the trailer above and find out when you can see it in a theater near you below:

In theaters September 6, 2013

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