Monday, May 17, 2010

I see Black People (on TV)... on a Major Network (not cable)! Pinch Me.


Fresh off a whole lotta FAIL, NBC tries to regain a li'l sumthin' sumthin' by putting some black folks in the fall line-up. I already know not to fall in love with anything… networks have a nasty habit of giving up on a series in no time flat. Maybe next fall they'll just cut broadcast midway through the pilot and show the peacock with it's nose in the air with the print reading "Sorry, I'm not Feeling It." Or maybe just something like this:

Moving on. (I might be a little bitter)

First up is Undercovers (get it – undercover and under the covers? Le Sigh with rolling eyes), starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as married former CIA agents called back into action. Peep the clip:


Produced and written by JJ Abrams (Lost and Fringe), I'm certain this clip doesn't showcase all the sizzly banter and heart-pounding drama we're supposed to witness. I'll just have to give it a shot and see.

Next is The Event. Blair Underwood is The President (yes, of the United States of these here Americas). "The Event" is a thriller chronicled from multiple points of view that centers on Sean (Jason Ritter), a regular man fighting his way through the mysterious circumstances of a conspiracy to assassinate the U.S. president. This show is being described as the new "24" – let's take a look, shall we?


Well now, that's a whole lot going on right there. Again, I'll just have to see. This one is put together by different folks behind Eureka and Medium so I'm sure we can expect a little bit of "supernatural woo-woo." <~~technical writing term.

In additional news, Shonda Rhimes' new medical drama Off the Map has been picked up by ABC for the fall. It centers on a team of medical professionals who flee the U.S. to work at a clinic on a tropical island and will star Jason George (current love interest of Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy... we can assume that romance is not going to turn out so well).

At any rate, hip-hop hurray for employed black actors. (even if it's only temporarily)

SO... what do you think? Are you going to watch any of these?

15 comments:

Reads4Pleasure said...

I'd watch 60 minutes of Blair Underwood clipping his toenails, so umm, yeah, I'm certainly going to give his new show a try. He was simply marvelous as Simon Elder in Dirty Sexy Money last year.

Not sure how I feel about Undercovers, though Boris does give good face.

I'll watch the new Shonda Rhimes show simply because she's writing it and she always gives us a healthy dose of people of color along with pretty good story lines. I will not be watching it for Jason George though. Ionn like him. Yes, I said ionn. Stop acting like you don't speak ebonics. Sound it out!

So far the fall tv lineup sounds promising. Could this be the return of real tv vs. reality tv?

Eye Candy said...

Okay - I just called two of my coworkers over. We were huddled around the monitor like - Oooh! Black folks on network TV, not Tyler Perry sponsored? Hiphop hurray indeed. Yeah, I'm watching...

missmajestic said...

None of those sounded interesting to me. Boris is cute but I don't think he's a great actor. BTW did anyone catch The Deep End on ABC with Nicole Ari Parker and Mehcad Brooks? it was sort of like Grey's except with lawyers. I thought it was good but its already been canceled.

OneChele said...

I liked it which should have been the surest sign that it wasn't going to make it...

RoyalLee said...

Boris Kodjoe is not a strong enough actor to carry a show, unfortunately. He's better in ensembles.
The Blair Underwood show has possibilities.

Stank_0 said...

The Event looks live. A mix of 24 with the West Wing.

ChiChi said...

Boris' acting? No bueno, but I'll give the other shows a shot.

Annette said...

It is a shame we are back to searching high and low for the black people on Network tv. As I love Shonda Rimes' work, I will check out her show, but these others just seem like repeats of what is on right now...... "sighing for the Bill Cosby days"...LOL

sunt97 said...

I doubt it. Every time I get into a show they cancel it and I probably will only look at Boris, just to look at him.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

ctn1luv said...

Boris is one of the worst actors ever. I still can't get over his cheesy performance in Love & Basketball. I might watch that show if I get bored enough.

I am a Blair fan so I will get The Event a chance and even though I was really excited about Bailey finally having a quality love relationship I will watch the Off the Map because Shonda is the writer and there is a possibility of Gray' Off the Map crossover episodes.

maureen palmer said...

Great news, and like you said, hopefully they last beyond one season or 5 episodes. My TV hours are limted to Sundays, I will TIVO them just to support black hollywood. Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to Nicole Ari Parker TV show?

maureen palmer said...

Dang they cancelled Deep End already? I watched the first episode and thought they had way to many story lines going on, but was going to support it via DVD.

baileyqc said...

Sad how happy I am to see any representation on network television

ecthompson said...

I didn't know that we needed a "new" 24. The old 24 was great in its first season, okay in 2nd season and then I got nauseated during the 3rd season and I haven't watched since. So, NBC wanted to re-make this? Why? Didn't someone already try with that series The Agency.

Brittany Geneva said...

And now Undercovers in canceled -__-

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