This week there are many exciting shows in development to love including The CW’s new black detective drama Marlowe, a comedy, Melting Potts by Kerry Washington just sold to ABC, Chance the Rapper expanding his artistic offering and Tichina Arnold returning to television (we would LOVE to see Tichina and Tisha Campbell reunited in a show). Check it out…
1. First Black Detective – No, Not Your Mama…Marlowe
Even though we know the true first black detective our mother, this show gets a pass.
The American viewer loves a good police detective and crime shows. Accordingly, many have been featured on American television. These include Dexter, Monk and even Murder She Wrote and the Andy Griffith Show. Unlike their British counterpart, Luther, all of these shows have the same common denominator – a white know-it-all, part clairvoyant, part brilliant detective. Now I don’t know about you, but personally, the first black detective I ever knew was my mama. How that woman knew the things she knew is still beyond me. But I digress. This is after all about the CW, not my mama’s house in BK. So on to the good news…we may soon see a crime shakeup on this side of the pond.
The CW network is developing a period drama about Los Angeles’ first black licensed private detective. Marlowe, would be based on the real life detective, Samuel Marlow. Marlowe was a Jamaican immigrant who settled in Los Angeles after fighting in World War I. His story will definitely be one to watch.
2. Double, Triple, Quadruple Threats
ABC has long been a champion of diverse programming on its network. Shows including Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Fresh Off the Boat prove the point. ABC continues the trend with Kerry Washington’s comedy Melting Potts. The series follows a large non-traditional family of multi-ethnic backgrounds pursuing their version of the American dream. The sale of Melting Pots is the second of its kind for Washington, the first being her police drama, Patrol. Patrol tracks four female police officers from the same graduating class, reunited by a haunting secret.
3. Satan’s Sisters
What happens when VH1 and Star Jones’ (former talk show co-host of ‘The View’) collaborate on a scripted talk show series? Satan. Correction, Satan’s Sisters – a scripted series of the same name, set to premiere in 2017. The series will revolve around a group of talk-show hosts and their struggles for power and relevance. Actresses attached to the series include rapper and actress Eve (Eve), Tasha Smith (The Game), transgender actress, activitst and writer Janet Mock and Tichina Arnold (Martin, Everybody Hates Chris), to name a few.
4. Rappers Can Act Too
It’s been said that basketball players secretly want to be rappers and that before their careers rappers have aspired to be basketball players, but sometimes maybe they both want to act. Hey and maybe as evidenced by Ice Cube, Ice T and LL Cool’s J, its definitely possible to be successful at both. Insanely talented Chance the Rapper has made the leap into acting as Dax Lycander in the murder mystery Slice. Chance plays a werewolf who becomes embroiled at the heart of a series of murders in a world familiar with the likes of the supernatural. A24, distributor of the wildly popular independent film Moonlight, picked up Slice for distribution.
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April Guscott is a Brooklyn native and creative writer who has a love of storytelling across all mediums. April has written short stories, poetry, essays and now turns her attention to screenwriting and blogging. April is an active member of the Black TV & Film Collective.