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“‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 Release Date: 7 Things We Want To See In The Second Season”

“The first season of Luke Cage ended on a really sad note. The Harlem hero parted ways with his new lady, Claire Temple, and headed back to Seagate Prison. Even though Cottonmouth is out of the picture, Black Mariah and Shades are still running the streets. Even more of a threat is Diamondback, who last we saw, was in Dr. Burstein’s hands. Luke Cage Season 1 took care of Power Man’s origins, but there’s still a lot more story to tell in Season 2. Here’s seven things we’re expecting to see.

Coffee With Claire Temple

Since we’ll see Luke again before the next season of his solo series, (maybe in Iron Fist but definitely in The Defenders ), it’s safe to say Claire is tagging along. Not only could The Defenders use someone to patch their wounds, she’s Luke’s only trusted ally at this point. Last we saw her, she was already working on getting Luke out of prison.

She’s also the first person he’s going to call once he gets out. In fact, that’s what we could be seeing in recently released The Defenders set photoswhere Claire and Luke passionately embrace against a chain-linked fence. It could be the first time they’ve seen each other since that night in the hospital where they shared their first kiss and Luke was taken away by police.

Misty Knight ‘got coffee’ with Luke in the first episode of Luke Cage. Jessica Jones and Luke also ‘got coffee ’ in Jessica Jones Season 1. It’s only right we’ll see him and Claire ‘get coffee’ in The Defenders. Jessica being part of the team does throw a wrench in things, especially since she and Luke haven’t spoken since the whole Kilgrave ordeal that killed Reva. Jessica and Luke end up having a baby together in the comics, but this is Marvel-Netflix and they’re known to switch things up. The history between Luke and Jessica may end up being too painful to work past…”

“Luke Cage Is The Biggest Marvel Netflix Series Of The Year”

“When Marvel Television confirmed they were giving Luke Cage his own solo Netflix series, fans of Power Man rejoiced. The character made his live-action debut on the site through Jessica Jones, and audiences fall for Luke Cage’s charm. And, now, one media company is reporting that the hero’s standalone show is the biggest Marvel/Netflix hit of 2016.

Symphony Advanced Media has done the math and found that Luke Cage is Marvel Television’s biggest hit on Netflix. The streaming site does not provide ratings or viewership numbers for its original series, but the company estimates that Luke Cage had a bigger opening than Making A Murderer and Stranger Things.

According to Symphony, 6.34 percent of Netflix users aged 18-49 were watching Luke Cagein the 32 days following its premiere. Those numbers make it a competitive series on Netflix’s roster, but it doesn’t push it above titans like Orange Is The New Black or Fuller House. And, when Gilmore Girls returns for its special miniseries, the beloved sitcom stands to bulldoze Luke Cage if given the chance.

Of course, fans already knew that Luke Cage was one of Marvel’s more popular series on Netflix. The show has the highest rating on Rotten Tomato of all Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, and Luke Cage became a buzzworthy topic after it debuted. In fact, Netflix even crashed shortly after the series went live, and fans began speculating that Luke Cage was behind the site’s struggles.

Those rumors were only fueled further when the official Luke Cage and Jessica Jones accounts on Twitter began bantering over the outage. Their NSFW chatter kept fans occupied while Netflix sorted out the issue and got Luke Cage back online.

Marvel’s Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as Carl Lucas, a.ka. Luke Cage, who debuted in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Luke Cage also stars Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is now streaming on Netflix.”

“The Defenders: Elodie Yung’s Elektra Confirmed”

“Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have all now made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as part of the Netflix corner (which is based in New York) of Marvel’s shared movie and TV show universe. Danny Rand/Iron Fist will see his own Marvel/Netflix solo series debut in the first quarter of 2017, before he and the other three street-level superheroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem) join forces during the miniseries, The Defenders.

Production on The Defenders is currently underway and Marvel/Netflix has taken to confirming returning supporting players in the miniseries (via the official DefendersTwitter account), before they are “discovered” via leaked photos from The Defenders‘ set. Among those Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage TV series players confirmed for The Defenders are Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – and now, Daredevil season 2’s Elektra Natchios, once again played by Elodie Yung.

A video confirming Yung’s return as Elektra in The Defenders was posted to the miniseries’ official Twitter account. The video includes the tagline “The Strong Survive” with Elektra, but it does not elaborate on her role in the Defenders‘ storyline beyond that.

Daredevil season 2 concluded with the revelation that Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) old flame, Elektra is in fact Black Sky: a deadly “weapon” forged by The Hand, forreasons that have yet to be revealed in full. Elektra was killed not long after this reveal, but the final shot of Daredevil season 2 showed Miss Natchios about to be resurrected by The Hand; setting up for her to potentially return as an antagonist in The Defenders. It’s been speculated that when Elektra does come back, she will possess dark supernatural abilities and be powerful enough to necessitate the street-level heroes of New York coming together and saving their city from her and her mysterious “boss” (Sigourney Weaver)

“The Defenders Set Photos: Jessica Jones & Misty Knight Have a Standoff”

“Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded to include more than a dozen films — this fall’s Doctor Strange will be number 14 — as well as TV shows on both ABC and Netflix (with other series planned for Freeform and Hulu). Netflix’s corner of the MCU has garnered plenty of praise from both fans and critics since debuting in early 2015 with Daredevil season 1. It was followed by Jessica Jones season 1 late last year,Daredevil season 2 earlier this year, and Luke Cage season 1 earlier this fall.

Now, Netflix is preparing to up their number of Marvel series per year from two to three, with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all set to premiere in 2017. Iron Fist wrapped earlier this fall and is expected to debut in March, The Punisher began production early in October, and The Defenders was the latest series to start filming. The most recent batch of set photos for The Defenders feature two of the show’s female characters having a stand off.

ComingSoon debuted new The Defenders set photos depicting Misty Knight (Simone Missick) pointing a gun at a bloodied Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). These set photos arrive a day after Ritter was spotted on set in costume as Jessica Jones, though the other members of The Defenders — Matt Murdock aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — have yet to be seen.

In addition to the main four superheroes and Misty Knight, The Defenders will feature a number of other Marvel Netflix characters, including Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Daredevil’s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Jessica JonesMalcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville). Additionally, The Defenders will feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain whose identity is as yet unknown…”

“TV Diversity Still Lags Behind the Scenes”

“TV diversity doesn’t just require more faces of color onscreen; it means more inclusion behind the camera in producing, writing and directing ranks.

But that progress, which sparks a broader range of stories based on writers’ and producers’ experiences, lags.  USA TODAY research shows that just 10% of  executive producers on broadcast sitcoms and dramas this fall are from non-white backgrounds, with ABC — home to super-producer Shonda Rhimes — leading the way at 17%.

There’s been “much less progress” behind the scenes than on screen, says Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, which produces an annual Hollywood Diversity Report. “Even on so-called diverse shows, you’re still going to see a showrunner who’s a white man for the most part. … If you don’t have a diverse writers room, where are those stories going to come from?”

It’s not just producers who influence the shows: The Directors Guild of America estimates that minorities shepherded 19% of TV episodes during the 2015-16 TV season, up only slightly from the previous year.  And the Hollywood branch of the Writers Guild of America says minority employment remained flat at 13%.

Ava DuVernay, executive producer of OWN’s Queen Sugar, and a mostly diverse group of women directed all 13 of the new drama’s episodes.

DuVernay sees incremental advancement. “It feels like more than in the past, so it’s progress, but it’s something we need to continue to work on,” she says. “When you look at the number of people-of-color-centered shows, the math is not setting the world on fire.”

Alan Yang, an Emmy-winning writer-producer (with star Aziz Ansari) on Netflix’s Master of None, sees the lack of diversity as less conscious bias than the tendency of top decision-makers, traditionally white men, to assign oversight of TV episodes, which can cost $2 million to $5 million apiece, to people they know and have worked with, who often share a similar background…”

“‘Jessica Jones’ Hires All Women Directors for Season 2, Showrunner Says”

All 13 episodes of the second season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will be directed by women, according to executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.

Rosenberg discussed the all-female directing roster during her panel at Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, a conference held Friday at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Rosenberg said that in the second season of the superhero show, she had wanted to increase the number of female directors — a goal that Marvel was completely on board with, she noted. Given how in-demand many women directors are these days, she and her fellow producers had set their sights on booking women first, she said, and contracting male directors later in the pre-production process.

But then someone else involved in the production — she didn’t specify who — floated the idea of booking only women as directors. Rosenberg was honest about the fact that she hadn’t contemplated that concept prior to that conversation, but she said she quickly jumped at the opportunity.

When it comes to behind-the-scenes personnel, hiring an inclusive array of people was “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that,” she said.

That directing roster puts “Jessica Jones” in very rarified company, as one of the few one-hour dramas to have an all-female list of directors. Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar,” which airs on OWN, also had only female directors during its debut season.

Rosenberg didn’t divulge any details about the second season of “Jessica Jones,” except to tellVariety before her panel that scripts were in the midst of completion and shooting was set for next year. With Henry Jenkins and Stacy L. Smith of USC, who moderated her panel, Rosenberg freely discussed drawing on a variety of perspectives when coming up with the story arcs of the New York-set Marvel drama…”

“Diversity Sells, Sony and Viacom Executives Say”

“The idea that shows with a diverse cast cannot sell commercially is nonsense,” says Sony’s Keith Le Goy about international hits at the Cannes event’s first-ever Diversity Summit.

With Empire ruling the American airwaves and Shondaland shows staking out their ground internationally, diverse casts are now more marketable than ever, said panelists at MIPCOM’s first-ever Diversity Summit in Cannes on Tuesday.

“The idea that shows with a diverse cast cannot sell commercially is nonsense,” said Sony Pictures Television president, distribution Keith Le Goy, citing sales on Lethal Weapon, NCIS LA and its latest, Timeless, which just sold to more than 100 territories.

The international market has changed from the time when The Wire, widely considered one of the best shows ever made, couldn’t sell abroad when it aired 2002-2008, noted A+E Networks president, international Sean Cohan.

Now it would be viewed “simply as a great show, with great creators and great storytelling,” he argued.

Viacom executive vp international brand development Michael Armstrong went a step further. “I’d like to take the notion that we need to make the business case for diversity and bury that in the sand,” he said. “I’d say that making diverse content is the business case for being successful.”

In fact, “diversity is money” said All3Media senior vp international format production Nick Smith. Using U.K. numbers, Smith presented the data case for diversity in casting. The high-end dramas that define this “golden age of television” tend to underperform in minority communities, he noted, including prestige programming like The Night Manager, Mr Selfridge and Call the Midwife, which have predominantly white casts.

The drama that demographically over-performs in the U.K. is The Walking Dead, which boasts an almost incidentally diverse cast that is focused on fighting zombies.

While that affects advertisers, individuals are also willing to “pay up for people who look like them,” said Tonje Bakang, CEO of Afrostream, which collates black content from around the globe. “Programming is a business opportunity, not just marketing,” he said…”