Sep 9th, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
TV critic and podcast host Mekeisha Madden Toby chats up Ajay Rochester. She is an actress, author, working mom and casting director on the new Myx TV reality series “Cast Me,” which premieres Tuesday Sept. 27 at 9 pm ET.
Take a listen and get ready to laugh out loud as Mekeisha and Ajay talk about everything from reality TV realness to demeaning industry terms such as "plus-sized." Ajay even talks about "Squadron 42," the Star Citizen based series she recently helped cast.
Aug 19th, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
Fall TV is fast approaching and with dozens of shows to choose from, it can be hard to decide what to watch and what to skip.
TV critic and podcast host Mekeisha Madden Toby chats up her brilliant sister-in-law, Tasha Akitobi, on some of the best television offerings this season including "Atlanta" on FX and "Queen Sugar" on OWN. Both shows debut Tuesday Sept. 6. There are also groan-worthy offerings such as "Bull" on CBS. It premieres Sept. 20 and as the title implies, it is some real bull-ish. Poor Michael Weatherly. He deserves so much more. The two also talk about "The Good Place," "This Is Us" and "Timeless" on NBC and "Insecure" on HBO.
Akitobi, is a friend to the show, a returning guest and a working wife and mom who makes the time to watch an impressive amount of TV. Together, the two also discuss hot-topic issues such as diversity, subjective journalism, and sexual violence against women on the small screen. At the end of the chat, the pair even grapple with the controversy surrounding the upcoming film "Birth of Nation" and whether or not it is possible to support the movie without supporting Nate Parker, the filmmaker behind the film. In case you haven't paid attention, Parker is embroiled in the fallout from a messy rape allegation from his past.
Don't miss this candid and often comical discussion.
Jun 9th, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
Michael Hyatt is a brilliant and versatile actress. Best known for her turn as crime boss Brianna Barksdale on "The Wire," the British born actress has enjoyed roles on "True Detective," "Major Crimes" and "Nightcrawler." Now she'll play Det. Sheila Muncie on season four of Showtime's "Ray Donovan." The drama returns Sunday June 26 at 9 pm ET.
Podcast host Mekeisha Madden Toby caught up with Hyatt, who graduated from Howard University, in time to talk about "Ray Donovan," overly enthusiastic fans of "The Wire" and more.
May 18th, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge acted their butts off and helped turn "Underground" into one of the best dramas on TV. In time for the season-one DVD release in June, check out the actors' interview with podcast host Mekeisha Madden Toby.
The three talk about the writing and timing of the show and if it is possible to shake off such emotionally draining material.
Apr 29th, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
TV is not checkers. It's chess. And when podcast host Mekeisha Madden Toby and her hilarious sister-in-law Tasha Akitobi -- who watches a miraculous amount of TV for a working mom -- talk about television, you will laugh, cry and cheer. This is an installment that can't be missed.
Shows discussed: "Game of Thrones," "Empire" "Scandal" "House of Cards" "The Family" and "Underground." The conversation also includes a few non-TV subjects including Prince (RIP, Purple One) and Beyonce's "Lemonade."
Apr 26th, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
Regina King delivered yet another award-worthy performance on season two of ABC's "American Crime." This time around, she played Terri LaCroix an elitist wife, mother and career woman who stopped at nothing to protect her son.
In advance of the DVD release -- season two wrapped in March -- here's a look back at the fun and edifying interview King did with podcast host and TV critic Mekeisha Madden Toby. As for King, chances are she'll get a second Emmy nod for her turn as Terri. King won her first Emmy for her heartbreaking role as Aaliyah in the drama's inaugural season.
Mar 23rd, 2016 by tvmadnessmmt
It’s March which means we’re two months away from wrapping up the 2015-16 TV season – for some shows anyway. Of course, “The Walking Dead” ends its sixth season Sunday April 3 on AMC while the miniseries “The People vs. OJ Simpson”has two more thrilling episodes to go on FX. Meanwhile “Underground,” which airs Wednesday nights on WGN, follows the exciting story of enslaved Black people running away to freedom.
TV critic Chuck Barney from the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News and other publications, talks to host MMT about the TV season thus far and shows like “The WalkingDead,” “House of Cards” “Scandal" "Empire" "Better Call Saul" and more. Follow him on Twitter @chuckbarney
Dec 17th, 2015 by tvmadnessmmt
We've come to the end of
2015 and a number of shows are either on fall hiatus or headed in that
direction. And then there are shows like “American Horror Story: Hotel” that
are wrapping up in wild and strange ways. Here to talk about "AHS: Hotel," "Empire" "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and a
few other shows with host Mekeisha Madden Toby -- including some 2016 midseason offerings -- is fellow TV
critic Stacy Roberts, the founder and editor of the web site Seriously? OMG!
WTF (which can be found at seriouslyomg.com)
Dec 14th, 2015 by tvmadnessmmt
For at least two seasons
now some of us – including host Mekeisha Madden Toby – have been hoping and praying the
writers would make Michonne and Rick a couple but that dream is dead for the
most part now that Rick is all booed up with Jessie. (Boo!) But that doesn't mean Michonne isn't arguably one of the strongest female characters on TV and one of the most
complex African-American characters, made all the more so because of the brilliant woman playing her, Danai Gurira.
Recently, Gurira penned
the powerful play “Eclipsed,” which stars Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o
and heads to Broadway in February. Meanwhile, the sixth and current season of
“The Walking Dead,” which Mekeisha listed as the second best show of 2015 on HitFix’s
annual critics’ poll, also returns in February.
In this interview from the "TV Madness" 2012 archives, Mekeisha and another reporter talked to Gurira just as she was joining the cast in season three. Here
she talks about the show, Michonne’s deadly katana and more.
Sep 17th, 2015 by tvmadnessmmt
Morris Chestnut is the truth. He's talented enough, he's handsome enough and doggone it, people like him. This fall he's costarring in the number one movie in America -- "The Perfect Guy" -- and he's helming the Fox drama "Rosewood." The procedural series feels like "Bones" and "Castle" and has potential.
Chestnut plays Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a brilliant pathologist with a short time to live and long list of ways to smartly solve crimes and flirt with his beautiful partner Det. Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz).
Will you watch? "Rosewood" is paired with season two of "Empire" so that will make you tune in, right? Come on. Show MC some love. He's been in the biz nearly 25 years. "Rosewood" debuts Wednesday Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.