12.10.2014

NBC...More Alfre Woodard, Please

Let me be clear; I do not want State of Affairs to be canceled.  Despite my gripes with this show, it is nooooooowhere near as bad as Deception.

The show is slowly starting to find its footing, but Alfre Woodard remains the primary highlight.  Whoever thought to cast her as President Constance Payton is brilliant.  Whoever thought cast Courtney B. Vance as her First Gentleman, Mr. Marshall Payton - genius.

I don't know how long these actors have known each other in real life, but their chemistry is immediate.  I was convinced they are a married couple.  I was convinced Constance and Marshall are genuinely grieving the loss of their only child.  But because Constance is POTUS, she has to put the concerns of a nation ahead of her family's, and the tension that causes with her husband is awesome.

I'm also digging her ruthless heroism; I like how Payton lets Heigl's character know that she's not the only source of info for the Oval Office.  The presidency really is not for the faint of heart, and now that they're introducing more political players and widening the POTUS's role on the show there's so much potential to continue to show how far she's willing to go.

Fitz...ain't got nothin' on this, y'all.  I hate to say it, but in the competition of who has the best POTUS, it's SOA -1, Scandal - 0.

But I need more.  I can't do a Black Girls' Night Out series with the material given thus far.  And as it stands, NBC's trying to make Kathering Heigl the next Kerry Washington/Olivia Pope and it simply won't work.  They'll need to take a different tack with that one.

10 comments:

  1. Just like NBC to be so unoriginal (in re K. Heigl). But if they stay true to the course of filling out Alfre's role...they could do wonders. Love the casting of CBV. Awesome.

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    1. It's like NBC looks at other people doing something and then they want to do it..thinking that it will be an automatic hit because of how much of a hit the shows on other people stations.

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  2. I haven't watched it but I got to say that this actress is a bit mesmerizing, don't know if it is the right word but there's something about her that's intriguing and she looks so classy in the roles she has played. OK, so I might as well watch this TV series.

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  3. No doubt that Alfrie Woodard is a great actress but there are a couple of things that may mar the potential of this program: One that NBC made it and secondly, that Katherine Heigl is in it. She (Heigl) has been a curse to the TV and movies.

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    1. Her characterization requires a lot of work.

      Also...I've noticed that they're trying to make her into the next Olivia Pope putting her in glamorous outfits every episode, and it's just not having the same impact. She's an ex-soldier turned-CIA analyst. I think she'd be better off sticking to suits and guns.

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  4. I struggle with this show. I think Alfre makes it. I thought they were trying to make Katherine more of a Claire Danes from Homeland and it's not working for me. I really want to pull for Katherine's success because I feel like she needs it but I watch only for Alfre!

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    1. Girl, I can't bring myself to watch the last two eps. Has it gotten interesting?

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