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African American Lead Roles Get Test In New TV Season

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From Blackvoices: With so much money spent on advertising since May, and with some early reviews from critics giving the series a thumbs up, a lot is riding on Boris Kodjoe to deliver on his new TV gig, the NBC spy series ‘Undercovers,’ which pairs him with British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Of the new shows airing on TV, ‘Undercovers‘ is one of few series with African Americans in lead roles.

Not including the now-defunct UPN network, which had numerous shows with African Americans lead actors, the last time a major network put so much investment in a series starring an African American was ABC’s now-canceled show ‘Daybreak,’ which starred Taye Diggs. Airing in November 2006, the show was canceled after six episodes. Read More

From Black America Web: It’s Fall season premiere week, and that means some new and old school shows are gearing up for the rat race. With everything else competing for your attention, handicapping the fall season can be a challenge. But we’ve done the work for you. If you don’t watch anything else this fall, we recommend you watch these five shows, all premiering this week or next.

“THE EVENT,” starring Blair Underwood (NBC)
Premieres Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.

We predict that this will become President Obama’s favorite show, as Underwood gets a leading role as the president of the United States (Wonder if he reached out to Obama for any tips?). As you may remember, Underwood is not the first black man to play POTUS in a major show (Dennis Haysbert did so in “24”), but he’s the first to do so since an actual black president is in the White House. The show is among the most mysterious of the new fall schedule, which is good news and bad. NBC hasn’t done these shows so well (“Heroes,” anyone?), but maybe they’ve learned from their mistakes. Read More

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