Black Women to Watch For, Pt. 2

From Shadow and Act, by way of Hateya on the Blasian Narrative:

Sharon Leal
"Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in the Fox Legal Drama Series Guilty.

"In the pilot, written by Greg Belanti and Marc Guggenheim, Gooding Jr. plays William "Billy" Remz, a morally dubious defense attorney who is unjustly convicted of fraud and consequently stripped of his license.

"According to Deadline, Sharon Leal is slated to play "Gooding’s savvy and pretty wife who must deal with her husband’s relentless and unending drive."

Tiffany Hines
"Tiffany Hines (Nikita) has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Americana, described as a soap about a famous fashion industry clan, starring Anthony LaPaglia, as the patriarch of "a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Ashley Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out."

"Hines will play a character named Shane - a beautiful medical student and Alice’s best friend who she recruits to model in a fashion show, and who later learns that her life is about to change and not necessarily for the better."

Toni Trucks
"Toni Trucks has joined CBS' new legal drama pilot Baby Big Shot, which centers on the life of a "working-class woman named Marina who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a top New York law firm."

"Trucks isn't playing Marina unfortunately; her character, Cindi, will be Marina's "edgy secretary and "comradette" in arms."

Vanessa Williams
"Vanessa Williams will co-star in the new supernatural drama pilot for ABC titled 666 Park Avenue, which is based on the Alloy book series by Gabriella Pierce. The project revolves  around a "young couple (Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable) who accept an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City." Hence the title, the tenants in the building begin to experience dangerous and mysteriously supernatural occurrences.

"Williams will play the cold and sophisticated wife of the building owner, played by Terry O'Quinn."

Tymberlee Hill
"Actress Tymberlee Hill has been cast in the NBC comedy pilot Lady Friends."

Vivica A. Fox
"Vivica Fox is slated to co-star in an original romance comedy titled It's Not You, It's Me.

"No word on Fox's role but I suspect it's in the "best friend" category."

Yaya Dacosta
"Yaya DaCosta has joined the cast of a Roland Emmerich drama pilot for ABC, written by Emmerich and Harold Kloser and to be directed by Emmerich, which centers on "an astrophysics grad student in NYC who learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil."

"Ms DaCosta will play a character named Amy, described as "a member of a very special Council who befriends Carter (the one), well aware of his unique calling.""

Tracee Ellis Ross
"Girlfriends' Tracee Ellis Ross is slated to star in the new NBC drama pilot titled Bad Girls, adapted from the UK ITV series by the same name which ran from 1999 until 2006.

"Ross will play a powerful business woman, who puts off having children to tend to her career; she is now desperate to get pregnant, but becomes incarcerated for selling dummy mortgages."


  1. ...want Sharon Leal's shoes...

  2. I hate to be a wet blanket, but if even two of these shows end up lasting, I'll be surprised. Pleasantly surprised, but surprised. I hope they do though. We need to see more black women on TV.

    1. I'm guessing the ones who are starring in their own shows are at high risk. The best friends and recurring girlfriends, however, will likely be on long after because it's technically not "their" show. They'll probably wind up like Tiffany Hines did in Nikita, with their names constantly popping up in the credits, even though they're absent half the season.


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