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Lauren London, Sam Jay joins Kenya Barris’ Netflix comedy; ‘Claws’ gets final season return date; and more

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Lauren London and Sam Jay are joining Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill in Kenya Barris‘ yet-titled Netflix comedy, Deadline has learned.

They join Molly Gordon, who was also cast in the upcoming film from Barris. As previously noted, Barris will make his feature film directorial debut with the new project, which is said to examine the “modern love and family dynamics and how clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences shape and affect relationships.” A release date for the film has yet to be announced.

In other news, TNT has set the premiere date for its Niecy Nash crime-comedy Claws. The fourth and final season of Claws will air on Sunday, December 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The series, which also stars Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran and Jenn Lyon, follows Nash as Desna, a leader of a group of four nail technicians in Palmetto, Florida who help launder money for the Russian mafia.

Finally, HBO has announced their selection of finalists for American Black Film Festival’s 24th annual HBO Short Film Competition. This year’s five finalists include Lin Que Ayoung for Cracked, Omar S. Kamara‘s Mass Ave, Natalie Jasmine Harris‘ project Pure, Michelle Beck for The Snakes, and Phumi Morare‘s When the Sun Sets. Fans can check out the festivities for ABFF’s upcoming 25th annual festival on ABFF PLAY, a custom-built online platform from November 3 to November 28. It will include a line-up of independent films, network and studio previews, and talk events.  For more information and how to register, go to

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