I like me a dark-skinned, full-figured, mature sistah. So I'm more than happy for Madam Spencer here to get her own show (doesn't she just look fabulous here???).
That being said, the concept of her show tends to raise my eyebrow, especially since it hasn't been confirmed if she's going to be the star, a star, or an expendable when convenient co-star.
Fun fact: Red Band Society is going to be the remake of a Spanish show. More specifically:
Polseres vermelles (known in English as The Red Band Society and in Spanish as Pulseras Rojas) is a Catalan television show. ...The show was created by Albert Espinosa and draws on his childhood experiences as a hospital patient.So in other words, Albert Espinosa needed a check, and Spielberg came knocking (why am I NOT surprised he's attached to this show?).
...The show tells the story of a group of Catalan children and teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital. Themes include friendship, the will to live, and the desire to overcome adversity. The show was originally planned for four seasons, with the second one premiering on January 2013.
In October 2011, it was announced that Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and Marta Kauffman had reached an agreement with TV3 for an American remake of Polseres Vermelles. (Source)
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will make her TV series debut in the Steven Spielberg-produced FOX drama Red Band Society.Again...love, love, love Ms. Spencer, but I am not liking this concept. I would've preferred a Murder, She Wrote reboot (and typically, I loathe reboots) with Spencer in the starring role. I would've especially preferred that to her playing a nurse (read: Mammy) to a bunch of children who aren't hers when she could instead play a best-selling mystery author who solves crimes.
The Hollywood Reporter describes Spencer's character, Nurse Jackson, as "an authoritative, intuitive woman who doesn't put up with crap" from the teenagers living at the hospital she works in.
This comes months after Spencer's other pilot on NBC, a reboot of the classic Murder, She Wrote, was canceled. (Source)
On the one hand, I'm glad she's landed a role and gettin' a check. But on the other....