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Orange Is the New Black's Star Samira Wiley Weds Show Writer Lauren Morelli

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Here come the brides, all dressed in white!

Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley has said "I do" to one of the show's writers Lauren Morelli, and both brides opted not to pay tribute to the title of series that brought them together -- at least where the dress colors were concerned.

Per Martha Stewart Weddings, Wiley and Morelli each wore custom white Christian Siriano outfits, with Wiley's being more of a traditional sweetheart-style off the shoulder gown, while Morelli wore a sleek pantsuit with an embellished cape.


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The two celebrated their union with a confetti-themed party that paid homage to their shared love of Funfetti cakes. Wiley's parents reportedly officiated the ceremony, while the newlyweds nixed the traditional wedding entry music for numbers like Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" and Justin Bieber's "Baby."

Wiley, who starred as Poussey Washington in OITNB's first four seasons, met Morelli while working on the Netflix drama. While writing for Orange, Morelli realized that she was gay and parted ways with her husband before striking up a relationship with the actress. The couple became engaged in October 2016. Wiley shared the moment of their engagement with a teary-eyed Instagram picture of her ring, captioned simply, "Yes."


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After Orange is the New Black, Wiley has since gone onto appear in FXX's You're the Worstand star in Hulu's upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. She also appeared in a short film written and directed by Morelli titled Hum.

Upon sharing their spectacular wedding portrait together, Morelli wrote that Wiley is now her "Wifey for Lifey." Now, that's a life sentence even Poussey would be on board with.

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Thandie Newton: Westworld Is Part of the Solution to End Violence Against Women

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When critics got their first glimpse of Westworld -- HBO's sci-fi epic about an adult fantasy land that uses life-like robots called hosts to fulfill paying customer desires -- last summer, the response was very intense when it came to the show's approach to violence against women. Showrunner Lisa Joy defended the decision to tackle a rape scene between The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and one of park's hosts, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in July 2016, insisting that the show would actually empower women. However, once Westworld premiered, it took several episodes for critics and fans to understand what Joy truly meant. But by the end of Westworld's first season, it had become one of the most feminist shows currently on television.

The empowering arcs of hosts Dolores and Maeve (Thandie Newton) are what attracted Wood and Newton to their roles. For Newton, specifically, as an actress who has dedicated a lot of her personal life to fighting for women's rights and protecting women against violence, the opportunity to get to play a character in this world and see these women rise up was a crucial part of her enjoyment of her work.

"The work that I do in my life in trying to empower women and men, I have to leave it behind [on other jobs]," Newton said during the Westworld panel at PaleyFest. "I was an activist every single day that I went to work. I felt part of the solution every single day that I went to work."

Over the course of the first season, Dolores went from a naive rancher's daughter to a woman in love and taking charge of a new world. Maeve went from being a madam in a brothel -- a robotic prostitute literally used for paying customers' pleasure -- to becoming a host capable of making her own choices. Executive producer Jonathan Nolan confirmed at the panel that Maeve's decision to go back into Westworld to find her daughter is a fundamental step in the evolution of all the hosts on the show.

"That is really the first decision that she's ever made," he explained. "For me, it's a very emotional moment in the episode because it's the birth of free will there."

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Knowing Maeve's empowering story made it difficult for Newton to see all of the initial negative reactions to Westworld, when critics and fans had only seen trailers or the first episode. Now that the first season has aired, Newton is hopeful that everyone can see how valuable Westworld has become to the conversation about how society treats women and their value in the world outside of the television landscape.

"Here we are right now at a crossroads, and I think that Westworld is going to be part of the solution, not the problem," Newton said. "That's what excited me about this character."

Westworld's position in the conversation about violence against women on TV is one twist Reddit probably didn't see coming, which is a pretty amazing thing.

Westworld Season 2 will premiere on HBO in 2018.

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Fear the Walking Dead's Showrunner Will Exit After Season 3

Dave Erickson, the Fear the Walking Dead showrunner who developed the series with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, will leave at the end of its upcoming Season 3 to develop new projects at AMC, the network announced Friday.

"We're beyond grateful for Dave's amazing work on the first three seasons of Fear the Walking Dead," said Joel Stillerman, AMC and Sundance TV president of original programming. "With Dave as showrunner, the series fulfilled its creative promise to expand the Walking Dead universe in a way that was totally unique from the original series, and has gone on to become the No. 2 drama series in ad-supported cable, behind only The Walking Dead. We are also incredibly excited that Dave has chosen to stay in the AMC family to pursue his next passion project. We look forward to many more successful collaborations."

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Erickson previously worked on FX's Sons of Anarchy, AMC's Low Winter Sun and Netflix's Marco Polo. His departure isn't the only change taking place on the show: Fear the Walking Dead also announced this week that Teen Wolf alum Daniel Sharman will be joining the cast as a Troy, a charismatic guy with a wild temperament and mean streak.

A replacement has not yet been named for Erickson.

Fear the Walking Dead's Season 3 date has yet to be announced but is expected in 2017.

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