Duana Taha

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Duana is a television screenwriter whose credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, Lost Girl, Lost & Found Studios, and many more. On LaineyGossip.com, she raves about television, feminism, and "Hamilton", and writes the popular name column "Duana Names". She also hosts the hit podcast 'Show Your Work' with Elaine Lui, and is the author of the bestselling book, 'The Name Therapist'.

Showrunning Defence of Buffy

Duana Posted by Duana at July 30, 2018 19:41:28 July 30, 2018 19:41:28

On the one hand, I couldn’t believe this title hadn’t been used for something before; on the other, I realize that might be because the ‘defence’ I’m writing about is for shows – and showrunners – that haven’t actually started yet.  First, there was the announcement of a Buffy reboot Full Story

The Battle for Favourite Show

Duana Posted by Duana at July 30, 2018 16:07:16 July 30, 2018 16:07:16
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Last week Sarah emailed me, Lainey, and Emily, our site manager. Subject? Duana’s new favourite show. Body?  “This show was made with only the freshest ingredients, pureed in the most expensive blender, and poured into a tall, frosty glass just for Duana's consumption. Full Story

Lin-Manuel Miranda has resurrected Movie Musicals

Duana Posted by Duana at July 20, 2018 18:03:27 July 20, 2018 18:03:27
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“The sound you are hearing is not a technical problem. It is not a musical cue. It is not a joke. It is the sound of one man's mounting anxiety. I... am that man.” Okay, you’d have to be under a rock not to know Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice and cadence even if you’ve never seen a minute of him onstage – so read the above line in his voice. Full Story

Emmy Noms 2018

Duana Posted by Duana at July 12, 2018 18:59:43 July 12, 2018 18:59:43
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Controversial opinion ahead:  It is bullsh-t that sketch comedy shows get their own category, but then sketch performers are lumped into the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy category. Not that I begrudge anyone the nominations, let’s get that out of the way, but Leslie Jones and Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson are nominated for a body of work that involves a myriad of characters, against performers who are nominated for one role. Full Story

Cardi B’s Baby Kulture Kiari

Duana Posted by Duana at July 12, 2018 12:47:09 July 12, 2018 12:47:09

I love it. It wasn’t instant. I had to sit with it for a second, think about it, and then decide. But I love it. I’ll get to the obvious Offset connections in a second, but first … You know that thing where certain names are so singular they become almost unusable, because who wants the comparison? Elvis. Full Story

Pitching Into The Abyss

Duana Posted by Duana at June 15, 2018 17:10:56 June 15, 2018 17:10:56
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It started with one badass. Well. Many badasses.    When Variety published their panelists for “A Night In The Writers Room”, there were 12 showrunners named – including 11 men. Names you know, like Judd Apatow and Michael Schur and David Shore. This was obviously bullsh-t, and was called out as such by women in TV everywhere – including many, many female showrunners. Full Story

In The Heights heads to the Big Screen in 2020

Duana Posted by Duana at June 8, 2018 20:53:29 June 8, 2018 20:53:29
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You don’t need me to tell you about how today feels, and you don’t need me to tell you that Twitter is frequently a terrible, dumpster of a place to be. But what you might not know, and what might help a little today, is the revelation that Lin-Manuel Miranda, in addition to being a massive nonstop creative force, has become a kind of ad hoc Twitter hype person and digital hug. Full Story

“Abhorrent” Roseanne got Roseanne Cancelled

Duana Posted by Duana at May 29, 2018 20:57:23 May 29, 2018 20:57:23
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Mark the date down. Today is an anomaly in the entertainment business – or maybe in business overall.  Today is the day that, when confronted with egregious behaviour on the part of one of its employees, Roseanne Barr, ABC did exactly the right thing. Mere hours after Roseanne tweeted something so repugnant that even she knew and deleted it shortly after, without having to be chided or waffling or prevaricating for two weeks before finally whimpering to the right decision, ABC cancelled her show Full Story

The Joys of Dragging Miles Theodore Stephens’ Dad

Duana Posted by Duana at May 21, 2018 17:17:32 May 21, 2018 17:17:32
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The problem with adoring a celebrity couple is not that you might go too easy on them. The problem is that you collect up all kinds of information, in kind of the same way you did about an eighth-grade crush, and can’t keep yourself from spitting it out at the least provocation.  For example, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen had a baby boy last week and named him Miles Theodore Stephens (because ‘Legend’ still isn’t their real last name, even if it should be). Full Story

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