What’s Coming up on the tube this fall
The look of prime time seems to be changing. Perhaps someone was listening because there are more people of color with leading roles. If you haven’t seen ABC’s new hit sitcom, “Scandal,” be sure to check it out. ABC is bringing it back for a second season. Scandal is more than ‘scandalous.’ Created by S’honda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy” & “Private Practice”), this political thriller series stars Kerry Washington (“I Think I Love My Wife”) as Olivia Pope. Pope’s character is a former White House communications director but because of the heated love affair with the President, Tony Goldwyn, Olivia Popes reinvents herself by opening a crisis management firm. Washington brings sass, spunk, arrogance, and sophistication to the character, with the confidence in her job performance and the reputation that precedes her.
Her staff consists of five checkered-past masterminds that assist in providing cleanup services for very high-end clients. The kicker to the storyline is the hidden truths and lies with lingering accusations that the President’s marriage is a facade or that he and Olivia share more than a professional relationship, with the First Lady’s blessing. While Olivia Pope and staff get their clients out of sticky situations, her dedication is forever to the Nations Leader. And if that is not enough, the series explores possibilities of presidential infidelity, paternity, homicide and in-house sabotage.
You have seen our next star most recently on the World War II film, “Red Tails” and you know him from break dancing and Beyonce’s love interest in “The Fighting Temptations.” You will be able to enjoy the energy of Cuba Gooding Jr. on Fox as the leading role in “Guilty.” “Guilty” follows the life of William Billy Remz (Gooding) a morally ambiguous defense attorney who after being falsely convicted of fraud, is stripped of his license to practice law. He will use his unorthodox legal techniques to solve cases that he has been banned from handling, all the while moving closer to getting revenge upon those who framed him.
ABC’s “Last Resort” looks like it’s going to be a very suspenseful, fast moving series starring Andre Braugher. It’s about the renegade crew of a United States Navy Ohio class ballistic missile submarine. The vessel is fired upon and the crew is left for dead after they realize they have been declared enemies of their own country. They’ve set up camp on an island, and struggle to figure out who their deadly enemy is. The leader keeps them focused on their mission to return home soon to their families. This Fall, in her first television series role, Meagan Goode (“Think Like Man” and “Jumping the Broom”) is the leading lady in the NBC drama “Notorious” written by Liz Helders. Joanna Locasto (Good) returns undercover to a wealthy and troubled household that she was raised in as the housekeepers daughter. She is there to solve a murder of her one-time best friend, Lawson.
This summer Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash pair up as husband and wife in a new television series, “Have Faith” on TV Land. Nash’s character is not that far from herself. Cedric the Entertainer is no stranger to playing a preacher. He also sings.