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Netflix and Kenya Barris, Creator of ‘Black-ish,’ Reach a Deal

Netflix formally announced Thursday that it had struck a production deal with Kenya Barris, the creator of the acclaimed ABC comedy “black-ish.”The move was widely expected. Mr. Barris had spent several months negotiating an early exit from his ABC contract, which he and the network agreed to three weeks ago.The relationship between Mr. Barris and ABC soured after the network passed on several of his new shows. It also made the unusual move of refusing to air an episode of “black-ish” earlier this year that dealt with race relations in a particularly pointed fashion.With his new deal, Mr. Barris joins Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes, two prolific…

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Shonda Rhimes Describes Her Grand Netflix Ambitions

“We created a brand and an audience for ABC that they did not necessarily have before, which was a certain kind of woman,” Ms. Rhimes said. “I literally remember when we started, them saying that no woman is going to watch a woman who is this ‘not nice’ and this sexually active and this competitive.“I really hate the phrase ‘smart, strong women,’ but the ‘smart, strong women’ thing really exploded with the shows we made,” she continued. “And people followed along in a way that felt really good for network television.”In contrast with her fellow super producer Ryan Murphy, who had talks with Amazon and Fox, his…

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Roseanne Barr, Back on Twitter, Has More to Say

It was a long night of Twitter for Roseanne Barr.Hours after ABC canceled her reboot of “Roseanne” because of her racist tweet about a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Ms. Barr returned to the platform and posted more than 100 times. She tweeted, retweeted, reply-tweeted and, in many cases, deleted tweets from her account, @therealroseanne, which has been active since March 2011 and has 774,000 followers.Ms. Barr’s overnight barrage comprised apologetic remarks, aggrieved statements, personal attacks, fond messages to her supporters and pointed references to the shadowy conspiracy theories that have long been a staple of her social media presence. The stream of tweets began…

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