‘Reservation Dogs’ Star Devery Jacobs Joins Expanded All Indigenous Writers Room For Season 2

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How many episodes of reservation dogs will there be?

The FX on Hulu comedy, co-created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, debuted in August to rave reviews and immense critical praise (so much that it earned a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and, over the course of eight episodes, proved that it was worth every bit of the hype. ELLE.comReservation Dogs Season 2 Guide: Release Date, Cast News, and Spoilers

Almost doubling in size, the all-Indigenous staffed room will also see star Devery Jacobs stepping behind the camera too for the next season.

“She’s made films and it’s something that she’s always wanted,” Reservation Dogs creator Sterlin Harjo told Deadline about the actress, who portrays Elora Danan on the acclaimed dramedy. “I found myself on set, sometimes we would lean on her, like there would be something that Elora Danan was going through and we would go to Devery for the answer and she would give us this very thoughtful answer,” the showrunner said.

“Sometimes she would even bring the issue up to us, like you know, something that she felt like Elora wouldn’t do or needed to do, and it was just a really natural fit to bring her into the room.

Alongside Jacobs, Harjo himself will be back along with Season 1 scribes Bobby Wilson, Migizi Pensoneau (who penned the “Satvrday’ Season 1 finale), Tazbah Chavez and Tommy Pico. But along with Harjo’s stated vision to “expand” for the show’s second season, the room will add an even wider range of voices.

Blackhorse Lowe who was a director on the show, he’s a writer on the show this season,” Harjo said. “And you know, Dallas Goldtooth who plays Spirit is going to be in the writers room now with Ryan Redcorn, and comedian Chad Charlie. And we have Erica Tremblay who’s a great filmmaker as well, she’s coming into the room.”

“So, it’s very exciting to get all of them, to get this crew. It’s a bunch of friends and you know, as this show sort of expands and we move further into wherever we go, we have some big ideas. I’m just excited to get everyone in the room and get cracking on it.”

Season 2 of Reservation Dogs is expected to launch on FX on Hulu in the second half of 2022.

In the meantime, check out full bios for all of the series’ Season 2 writers below:

Harjo has directed five feature films: three narrative dramas and two documentaries. His most recent film, Love and Fury, a look at contemporary Native identity and art, premiered at The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

His most recent narrative feature, the thriller Mekko, premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Rod Rondeaux and Zahn McClarnon, Mekko follows a homeless parolee in Tulsa as he confronts darkness in his new surroundings and wrestles with his past.

His first feature film, Four Sheets to the Wind, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and won a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Tamara Podemski. Harjo also juried the Sundance short film competition in 2010.

On the television side, Harjo is in development with several series, including Rez Ball with Sydney Freeland for Netflix and Yellow Bird with Erica Tremblay for Paramount+.

Harjo is a founding member of The 1491s, a popular sketch comedy troupe. At the 2019 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the sketch comedy group premiered Between Two Knees, an intergenerational comedic love story/musical set against the backdrop of true events in Native history. Between Two Knees was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New Native Theatre. The play was a bestseller and recorded an average of five walkouts at each intermission.

Harjo currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he spends his time making content and raising his amazing children.

She is a co-executive producer and episodic director on FX’s Reservation Dogs, co-producer on NBCUniversal’s Rutherford Falls and was a staff writer and consultant for SyFy’s Resident Alien.

She has performed her poetry in acclaimed spaces such as the Smithsonian – National Museum of the American Indian, Meow Wolf and the Grand Performances Stage to name a few. She holds a degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA and currently serves as the co-chair of the Native American and Indigenous Writer’s Committee at the Writer’s Guild of America.

Alongside acting, Jacobs is also an accomplished filmmaker. Her short film Rae (2017) was an official selection of the 2018 Palm Springs Shortfest, and won Best Youth Work at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film Festival. Jacobs was also a participant of the 2020 imagineNATIVE Indigenous Screenwriters Intensive where she completed her feature film script, High Steel. Jacobs’ debut feature film as a co-writer, This Place is set to release in 2022.

Jacobs was named one of Canada’s Rising Breakout Stars by the Hollywood Reporter and was honored by Telefilm Canada at the 2017 Birks Diamond Tribute, celebrating women in film. Jacobs was also a TIFF Rising Star at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

A recipient of a Renew Media Award, Lowe is an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, Producers Lab and Screenwriters Lab. Lowe also curates an ongoing film series in Albuquerque, New Mexico called CineDOOM that showcases both edgy and genre-driven Indigenous films. Currently, he is a 2019-2021 Tulsa Artist Fellow recipient, writing a variety of genre features and programming film screenings in the Tulsa area.

Chad has directed several short films. The most recent of which, Firecracker Bullets, will be set for 2022 festival season.

To the surprise of many, Ryan has been able to translate his education, his inlonpa entitlement, and his family lineage into something some people think is valuable. Sometimes people laugh at him. He co-founded the Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, and started a full services ad agency in the middle of nowhwere Pawhuska, Oklahoma called Buffalo Nickel Creative. But he’s ok with all of that. He recently woke one morning and realized he was married and had three daughters. He remarked, “I live a crazy life” and promptly enrolled in an MFA in screenwriting program to test his capacity for stress. He graduated in the Spring of 2020 and is presently alive and vaccinated.

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'Reservation Dogs' Cast Brings Indigenous Voice to 2021 Emmy Awards

nativenewsonline.net 21 September, 2021 - 08:10pm

HOLLYWOOD — The creator and cast from Reservation Dogs, the summer’s hottest Indigenous series, had a message for millions of Emmy Awards viewers last night: it’s time for Hollywood to be more inclusive.

On stage to present the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series, series co-creator Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee Creek) and actors Paulina Alexis (Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation), D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai (Oji-Cree), Kawennahere Devery Jacobs (Kanienʼkehá꞉ka), and Lane Factor (Creek-Seminole/Caddo) discussed the state of Indigenous people in the industry. 

"We are here on television's biggest night as creators and actors, proud to be Indigenous people working in Hollywood, representing the first people to walk upon this continent, and we are really happy to be here," Harjo said. 

D'Pharaoh continued, "Thankfully, networks and streamers are now—now—beginning to produce and develop shows created by and starring Indigenous people."

Devery added, "It's a good start, which can lead us to the day when telling stories from underserved communities will be the norm, not the exception."

Finally, Paulina concluded, "Because, like life, TV is at its best when we all have a voice."

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest Stevens, Jr. posted on his Facebook page: “NATIVE AMERICA is Loud & Proud at the EMMYS tonight.”

South Dakota state Sen. Red Dawn Foster posted on her Facebook page: “Makes my heart so happy."

‘Reservation Dogs’ Star Devery Jacobs Joins Expanded All Indigenous Writers Room For Season 2

The Ringer 21 September, 2021 - 03:53pm

Almost doubling in size, the all-Indigenous staffed room will also see star Devery Jacobs stepping behind the camera too for the next season.

“She’s made films and it’s something that she’s always wanted,” Reservation Dogs creator Sterlin Harjo told Deadline about the actress, who portrays Elora Danan on the acclaimed dramedy. “I found myself on set, sometimes we would lean on her, like there would be something that Elora Danan was going through and we would go to Devery for the answer and she would give us this very thoughtful answer,” the showrunner said.

“Sometimes she would even bring the issue up to us, like you know, something that she felt like Elora wouldn’t do or needed to do, and it was just a really natural fit to bring her into the room.

Alongside Jacobs, Harjo himself will be back along with Season 1 scribes Bobby Wilson, Migizi Pensoneau (who penned the “Satvrday’ Season 1 finale), Tazbah Chavez and Tommy Pico. But along with Harjo’s stated vision to “expand” for the show’s second season, the room will add an even wider range of voices.

Blackhorse Lowe who was a director on the show, he’s a writer on the show this season,” Harjo said. “And you know, Dallas Goldtooth who plays Spirit is going to be in the writers room now with Ryan Redcorn, and comedian Chad Charlie. And we have Erica Tremblay who’s a great filmmaker as well, she’s coming into the room.”

“So, it’s very exciting to get all of them, to get this crew. It’s a bunch of friends and you know, as this show sort of expands and we move further into wherever we go, we have some big ideas. I’m just excited to get everyone in the room and get cracking on it.”

Season 2 of Reservation Dogs is expected to launch on FX on Hulu in the second half of 2022.

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Harjo has directed five feature films: three narrative dramas and two documentaries. His most recent film, Love and Fury, a look at contemporary Native identity and art, premiered at The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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His first feature film, Four Sheets to the Wind, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and won a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Tamara Podemski. Harjo also juried the Sundance short film competition in 2010.

On the television side, Harjo is in development with several series, including Rez Ball with Sydney Freeland for Netflix and Yellow Bird with Erica Tremblay for Paramount+.

Harjo is a founding member of The 1491s, a popular sketch comedy troupe. At the 2019 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the sketch comedy group premiered Between Two Knees, an intergenerational comedic love story/musical set against the backdrop of true events in Native history. Between Two Knees was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New Native Theatre. The play was a bestseller and recorded an average of five walkouts at each intermission.

Harjo currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he spends his time making content and raising his amazing children.

She is a co-executive producer and episodic director on FX’s Reservation Dogs, co-producer on NBCUniversal’s Rutherford Falls and was a staff writer and consultant for SyFy’s Resident Alien.

She has performed her poetry in acclaimed spaces such as the Smithsonian – National Museum of the American Indian, Meow Wolf and the Grand Performances Stage to name a few. She holds a degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA and currently serves as the co-chair of the Native American and Indigenous Writer’s Committee at the Writer’s Guild of America.

Alongside acting, Jacobs is also an accomplished filmmaker. Her short film Rae (2017) was an official selection of the 2018 Palm Springs Shortfest, and won Best Youth Work at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film Festival. Jacobs was also a participant of the 2020 imagineNATIVE Indigenous Screenwriters Intensive where she completed her feature film script, High Steel. Jacobs’ debut feature film as a co-writer, This Place is set to release in 2022.

Jacobs was named one of Canada’s Rising Breakout Stars by the Hollywood Reporter and was honored by Telefilm Canada at the 2017 Birks Diamond Tribute, celebrating women in film. Jacobs was also a TIFF Rising Star at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

A recipient of a Renew Media Award, Lowe is an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, Producers Lab and Screenwriters Lab. Lowe also curates an ongoing film series in Albuquerque, New Mexico called CineDOOM that showcases both edgy and genre-driven Indigenous films. Currently, he is a 2019-2021 Tulsa Artist Fellow recipient, writing a variety of genre features and programming film screenings in the Tulsa area.

Chad has directed several short films. The most recent of which, Firecracker Bullets, will be set for 2022 festival season.

To the surprise of many, Ryan has been able to translate his education, his inlonpa entitlement, and his family lineage into something some people think is valuable. Sometimes people laugh at him. He co-founded the Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, and started a full services ad agency in the middle of nowhwere Pawhuska, Oklahoma called Buffalo Nickel Creative. But he’s ok with all of that. He recently woke one morning and realized he was married and had three daughters. He remarked, “I live a crazy life” and promptly enrolled in an MFA in screenwriting program to test his capacity for stress. He graduated in the Spring of 2020 and is presently alive and vaccinated.

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‘Reservation Dogs’ Is Coming Back for Season 2 in 2022

Yahoo Lifestyle 21 September, 2021 - 10:36am

Reservation Dogs has charmed us all. The FX on Hulu comedy, co-created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, debuted in August to rave reviews and immense critical praise (so much that it earned a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and, over the course of eight episodes, proved that it was worth every bit of the hype.

The series follows four Indigenous teens on an Oklahoma reservation, trying to get out and make a better life in California—albeit through scrappy, sometimes illegal means—in the wake of their best friend’s passing.

But at the end of season 1, only one member of the squad, Elora (Devery Jacobs), actually manages to escape, and she’s driving west with one of their rivals, Jackie (Elva Guerra), riding shotgun. The rest of the group stays back on their home turf.

What’s next for the Res Dogs? Here, we line up what else to expect from this refreshing and darkly comedic story about grief and growing up.

Season 2 is scheduled for 2022; FX announced the news when it confirmed Reservation Dogs’ renewal on September 2, 2021. Given the first installment premiered on August 9, 2021, it would be easy to assume the next chapter will arrive in the late summer again next year, but that’s ultimately FX’s call.

In the meantime, you can stream all episodes of Reservation Dogs season 1 on Hulu.

Reservation Dogs follows our main crew of four teens: Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis), and Cheese (Lane Factor). While it’s safe to assume they’ll be returning to reprise their roles, we’re also hoping we see more of the recurring stars, like Zahn McClarnon as police officer Big, Lil Mike and Funny Bone as rapping Mose and Mekko, Elva Guerra as Jackie, and Dallas Goldtooth as Spirit. Their future appearances are yet to be confirmed, though.

Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi are co-creators and executive producers on the series. Harjo is also a director and showrunner.

Plot points are still up in the air, but there will be plenty to explore after the season 1 finale. Jacobs told ELLE.com that she hopes audiences get to see “a greater scope” of the characters’ world. That could even mean more portrayals of everyday teenage life and weekend hangouts. “For me, growing up in my community, our weekend was a huge time of drama, and competition, and flashiness, and snagging, and hooking up, and everything in between,” she said. “There’s so much in this world that we’ve only scratched the surface of. In season 2, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of this town and the world that these kids are growing up in.”

There could also be a chance Bear’s aspiring rapper dad, Punkin (Sten Joddi), returns. (Viewers have only seen him in season 1, episode 4 so far.) “He’s only in that episode [of Season 1] actually, but will we ever see him later if we get a Season 2? I definitely think we will,” Woon-A-Tai told TV Line. “Do I think Punkin is gonna come to Oklahoma? No, I don’t think so.”

Those details are still unclear. However, Harjo and his team had apparently intended to start working on new episodes this fall.

“We’re planning to get to work writing episodes for the second season this fall, so we think that’s a pretty good sign the show’s going to continue,” he told Tulsa World before Reservation Dogs premiered in August. “It was always our intention that this would be an ongoing thing.”

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Reservation Dogs is groundbreaking. It’s also incredibly funny.

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It’s really rare for a TV comedy to know exactly what it is from the first scene of its first episode. Usually, these shows take at least half a season to hammer out the core relationships, the best stories for them to tell, and the strongest possible punchlines.

Even some of the best comedies spent a lot of their early seasons tweaking things. (Parks and Recreation, for instance, spent its first two seasons shedding elements that just didn’t work and zeroing in on those that did.) Comedies that are sure of themselves from the first scene exist (Cheers, Arrested Development, Atlanta, etc.), but they are few and far between.

I’ve only seen one season of FX’s terrific new comedy Reservation Dogs, but I’m happy to add it to the list. (Season one is now available on Hulu.) From the first scene of its premiere to the last scene of its finale, the show’s first season is eight episodes of sharp-witted, perfectly balanced comedy, with just enough dramatic heft. It gives the teenage characters, who are all small-time criminals trying to save up enough money to leave their Oklahoma reservation, much more weight than you might expect.

A lot has been written about the historic nature of Reservation Dogs. It’s the first American TV series ever with a writers room and directing staff composed entirely of Indigenous people from around North America and just the second with an Indigenous showrunner. (The first, Peacock’s Rutherford Falls, also debuted this year.) Said showrunner is named Sterlin Harjo, and not only did he co-create the series with Taika Waititi (himself of Maori descent), he also wrote five of the season’s eight episodes and directed three.

Harjo is a film director, with three features and a documentary to his name. (He’s also directed several shorts and episodes of other TV shows.) He and Waititi met when they were up-and-coming directors, and Waititi used his increasing muscle within the entertainment industry to help get the show made. (Waititi has a relationship at FX, having also executive produced and directed two episodes of the Emmy-nominated What We Do in the Shadows, which is spun off from his film of the same name.)

But despite Waititi’s bigger name, Reservation Dogs is very much Harjo’s show, with a unique and witty visual style all his own. One sequence set during a hunting expedition is shot entirely using wildlife cameras in a series of still shots, almost like comic panels. Dream sequences unfold with a woozy sense of the characters being trapped amid the stereotypes of Indigenous people still so common in other films and TV shows. Shots are chosen to subtly highlight the poverty and natural beauty of the characters’ surroundings, sometimes with frames that isolate the characters in one small section with the setting overwhelming them.

Lest that all sound very heady, Reservation Dogs is also tremendously funny. It opens with its four central characters pulling off a daring heist ... of a truck carrying boxes of chips. (They aren’t apprehended because the local police officer is distracted with a YouTube video about Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories.)

The aforementioned dream sequences feature one of the characters meeting a Native American, in stereotypical garb, riding a horse, but he keeps trying to overinflate his prominence at the Battle of Little Bighorn and can’t stop coughing. There’s a whole episode about an elderly relative of one character attempting to sell a 15-year-old bag of weed and finding no takers in a world where marijuana has been legalized. Characters say the word “shitass” constantly, to great comedic effect.

The riskiest element of Reservation Dogs could have been the casting. The only four regular characters on the show who appear in almost every episode are four teenagers, and all are played by actors who are not widely known.

Paulina Alexis, who plays the simultaneously dry and energetic Willie Jack, seems to have had only one credit to her name before she worked on Reservation Dogs, while Lane Factor, who plays Cheese, the little brother of the group, had his first acting role in the series. The other two main stars — Devery Jacobs, who plays Elora, the girl who most wants to leave town, and D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear, the group’s de facto leader — have more experience. But Woon-A-Tai apparently had fewer than 10 credits to his name when starting work on this show.

All four actors, however, form one of the best ensembles of teen characters in recent memory. All are equally capable of comedy and drama. (Jacobs, in particular, finds new shades in a character you’ve seen many times before, the small-town girl who longs for something better.) The scenes where the four just sit around and banter back and forth have an easy chemistry that never feels forced, which is hard to do in a show this young, with actors so relatively new to the game.

The guest stars who pop up are also great. In particular, I loved Zahn McClarnon’s turn as Officer Big, who seems only half-heartedly interested in doing his job. McClarnon is an actor with a wealth of experience, but he tends to play rather somber characters. You may remember him as a hitman in season two of Fargo and as the Native American Host who gains sentience in Westworld. He’s too rarely allowed to go comedic, and Reservation Dogs lets him be incredibly silly early and often. (He’s the officer distracted by a JFK conspiracy video in the first episode.)

But beyond McClarnon, the guest cast brims with amazing performances. Indigenous rappers Lil Mike and Funny Bone pop up as a bike-riding Greek chorus, while veteran actor Gary Farmer is goofy and winded as would-be weed dealer Uncle Brownie. There’s even a surprisingly dramatic turn for standup comedian Bill Burr as a driving instructor who helps Elora process some of her most complicated emotions.

The team behind Reservation Dogs has been emphatic at every point of the show’s publicity cycle that this is not yet another story about the tragic life of the people who live on a reservation. And they’re right about that. This series is a comedy, first and foremost. But it also tells a slyly moving story about teenagers who aren’t sure how many options they have and a community where resources are stretched tighter and tighter all the time. It’s a hilarious show, but it’s also a beautiful show, all of which adds up to one of the best first seasons of a comedy in some time.

Reservation Dogs’ first season is available in on Hulu. A second season has been picked up and will likely debut in 2022. For more recommendations from the world of culture, check out the One Good Thing archives.

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