A New Wave Of African-American Creators Shows To Debut This Fall On ABC
With the success of Shonda Rhimes political drama, Scandal, ABC network has OK’d four new TV shows set to launch this fall all created by some of our favorites. The Vulture reports that along with the renewal of Scandal season 4 Kenya Barris (The Game), Kevin Hart, and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Shonda Rhimes. Check out the details for each show below.
Shonda Rhimes – How to Get Away With Murder?, The highly-anticipated drama, penned by Peter Norwalk and produced by Rhimes, is about a “group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that will rock the entire university and change the course of their lives,” TVLine said. The African-American led cast will include Viola Davis as the “brilliant” and “mysterious” law professor as well as Aja Naomi King (Blackbox, The Blacklist), Billy Brown (Hostages), and Alfre Enoch (Harry Potter).
Kenya Barris – Black-ish, a comedy in which Anthony Anderson plays an upper-middle-class African-American who “struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids,” EurWeb explained. Playing his wife is Girlfriends alum Tracee Ellis Ross. Laurence Fishburne will play the father.
Kevin Hart – Keep It Together, a new and upcoming comedy scripted show loosely based on Hart’s life and follows the “post-divorce life of a couple. . .who are trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences,” Deadline said.
John Ridley – American Crime, starring Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman, ollows the lives of players involved in a racially-charged murder and trial. “The case takes on a greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America’s hardened views on race, class and gender politics,” TV Line adds.
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