It’s a good time to be a Black actor. After decades of struggling with a small space of opportunity, it finally seems that we have turned the corner. With 5 consecutive weeks of Black films at #1 at the box office & an influx of Black actors & shows on television, perhaps the drought is over.
As it is drawing into fall, many of the shows that we’ve loved are coming back. This week is the unofficial premiere week for many shows & seasons. Last night saw the premiere of Minority Report starring Meagan Good. The show is based on the movie, but with a nice twist. The premiere was good, I’ll be tuning back in. The Voice also started last night. Shout out to Chicago’s own Mark JP Hood for making Pharrell’s team. Tune in to support.
Tonight will have many premieres as well. The Voice premiere week continues, as well as the premiere of The Muppets, Fresh Off The Boat, Limitless, & the 2 hour premiere of the much talked about Scream Queens. Debuting on Fox, the show will feature appearance by Niecy Nash & Keke Palmer, as well as Leah Michelle, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts & many more. Seems like an interesting show.
Wednesday both Blackish & Empire will return, unfortunately in the same time slot. I know I’ll be watching Empire, but I’ll set the DVR for Blackish. Before Empire, Morris Chestnutt’s new show Rosewood will premiere. The Mysteries of Laura returns with Debra Messing & Laz Alonzo, followed by Law & Order: SVU, again unfortunately at 8. This Thursday sees the return of Shonda Thursdays with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, & How To Get Away With Murder. I’m definitely ready for that.
Other notable shows that have or will return are Reed Between The Lines starring Malcolm Jamal Warner, Fridays on Centric. South Park is also back on Wednesdays. American Horror Story is coming up featuring Angela Bassett & Naomi Campbell. Next month Being Mary Jane with Gabrielle Union will be back.
Alot of great TV with great actors. Another shout out to Viola Davis for her incredible Emmy Awards victory speech, as well as making history with Regina King & Uzo Aduba. This should be a promising year of television. Check your local listings & make sure you miss nothing.