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Starz’s Blindspotting: A Fresh Take on the Series

(Photo: Starz Entertainment)

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/14/21 – Starz just released Blindspotting, an adaptation of the 2018 film. Set in Oakland, California, the series focuses on Ashley (portrayed by Jasmine Cephas Jones) as she tries to negotiate life with her son, Sean (Atticus Woodward ), boyfriend’s mother, Rainy (Helen Hunt), boyfriend’s sister, Trish (Jayln Baron), and other family members because her boyfriend, Miles, (Rafael Casal) was incarcerated. Daveed Diggs, who co-starred in the 2018 film as Collins, is now serving as a co-producer. As a departure from its movie counterpart, Blindspotting centers on Ashley’s life as opposed to centering on Collins’ life. In the movie, Ashley’s character made several appearances but the television series centers on Ashley’s life. The television series follows its movie counterpart in breaking into rap, spoken word, and breaking the fourth wall.

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Jasmine Cephas Jones as Ashley in “Blindspotting” (Photo: Gizelle Hernandez / Starz)

At a time where the nation is concerned about human rights, the series offers a take on questions around sexuality, feminism, class, and, indeed race. A substory within Blindspotting, for example, revolves around the tension between Trish and Ashley. In this subplot, the writers focus on a subplot that highlights how Trish navigates stigma because of her career as a sex worker. Additionally, while Blindspotting also centers Oakland in the midst of gentrification, it also navigates Ashley’s marginalization of working at a hotel with a song and dance number, but, also, she also smashes objects in a hotel room with a tennis racket.

Ultimately, Casal and Diggs see Blindspotting as a way to explore the “human experience” and to examine social issues in a format that welcomes audiences.

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Here is the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCtdIC666Ec

 

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.