Pioneer writer-director Cheryl Dunye (Queen Sugar) has joined season 2 of the hit TNT series Claws.  The popular network series stars Niecy Nash and follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County in Florida, where a lot more is going on besides silk wraps and pedicures.

Recently, Dunye was chosen by powerhouse film director Ava DuVernay to join the all female directorial team of the OWN hit series Queen Sugar.  Shortly after her work on Queen Sugar Dunye went on to direct an episode of the Freeform series The Fosters. 

Dunye began her career with six short films which have been collected on DVD as The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye.  Her feature debut was The Watermelon Woman (1996), a film which explored the history of black women and lesbians in filmand made cinematic history as the first feature-length narrative film written and directed by an out black lesbian about black lesbians.  Dunye’s second feature was the HBO produced television movie Stranger Inside, and she went on to direct My Baby’s Daddy in 2004 and The Owls in 2010.  In addition to making films, Dunye is an assistant professor of cinema at SF State, and a recent recipient of the prestigious 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.  Dunye is constantly engaging audiences with socially compelling content that defies the stereotypes of how women and people of color have been depicted on screen, and we are looking forward to the magic that she will bring to season 2 of Claws.

Claws hails from producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, creator Eliot Laurence and showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois, and was picked up for a second season halfway through the freshman season.  The series became the highest-rated TNT series launched since the cable network shifted it’s programming focus.

Claws returns to TNT summer 2018. Check out the clip below!



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