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NAACP Image Awards: ‘Black Panther’ Tops Film, ‘Black-Ish’ Leads TV Nominations

Winston Duke and Logan Browning announced the nominees for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards early Wednesday.

Marvel's Black Panther scored a total of 13 nods, including outstanding motion picture. ​Other top projects nominated across film​ are If Beale Street Could TalkBlacKkKlansmanCrazy Rich Asians, and The Hate U Give.

In Television, AtlantaBlack-ish (9) and its spinoff Grown-ishDear White People, and Insecure, were nominated for outstanding comedy series. How To Get Away With Murder, PowerQueen SugarThe Chi, and This Is Us received nods for outstanding drama series.

The NAACP Image Awards will air live Saturday, March 30 on TV One.

See the full nominees list below:

SPECIAL AWARD

Entertainer of the Year

Beyoncé
Chadwick Boseman
LeBron James
Regina King
Ryan Coogler

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Michael B Jordan – Creed II (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)
Denzel Washington – The Equalizer 2 (Columbia Pictures)
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Stephan James – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures)
KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Sanaa Lathan – Nappily Ever After (Marc Platt Production/Badabing Pictures Production for Netflix)
Viola Davis – Widows (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Mahershala Ali – Green Book (Universal Pictures, Participant Media, DreamWorks)
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
Winston Duke – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Danai Gurira – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Letitia Wright – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Regina Hall – The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Nappily Ever After (Marc Platt Production/Badabing Pictures Production for Netflix)
Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Traffik (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate Entertainment)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Storm Reid – A Wrinkle In Time (Walt Disney Studios)
Letitia Wright – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Winston Duke – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
Widows (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX Networks)
Black-ish (ABC)
Dear White People (Netflix)
Grown-ish (Freeform)
Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood (CBS)
Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX Networks)
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers (HBO)
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G. (TBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Danielle Brooks, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO)
Logan Browning, Dear White People (Netflix)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish (Freeform)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis, Insecure (HBO)
John David Washington, Ballers (HBO)
Laurence Fishburne, black-ish (ABC)
Marcus Scribner, black-ish (ABC)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Essence Atkins, Marlon (NBC)
Marsai Martin, Black-ish (ABC)
Natasha Rothwell, Insecure (HBO)
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Yvonne Orji, Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Power (Starz)
Queen Sugar (OWN)
The Chi (Showtime)
This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Mitchell, The Chi (Showtime)
Keith David, Greenleaf (OWN)
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar (OWN)
Omari Hardwick, Power (Starz)
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar (OWN)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jesse Williams, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)
Jussie Smollett, Empire (FOX)
Romany Malco, A Million Little Things (ABC)
Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Prime Video)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

CCH Pounder, NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
Lynn Whitfield, Greenleaf (OWN)
Sanaa Lathan, The Affair (Showtime)
Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us (NBC)
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

Erika Alexander – Black Lightning – Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowery (CW)
Kendrick Lamar – Power – Happy Birthday (Starz)
Kerry Washington – How to Get Away with Murder – Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (ABC)
Loretta Devine – Love Is_ – Rose (Going Home) (OWN)
Tisha Campbell-Martin – Empire – Without Apology (Fox)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Behind The Movement (TV One)
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
Seven Seconds (Netflix)
The Bobby Brown Story (BET)
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
Michael B. Jordan, Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Russell Hornsby, Seven Seconds (Netflix)
Woody McClain, The Bobby Brown Story (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field (HBO)
Gabrielle Dennis, The Bobby Brown Story (BET)
Jeanté Godlock, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar (Lifetime)
Regina King, Seven Seconds (Netflix)
Toni Braxton, Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

A Thousand Words With Michelle Obama (BET)
AM Joy (MSNBC)
Angela Rye’s State of the Union (BET)
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama (OWN)
Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

ESPN’s First Take (ESPN)
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
The Real (Syndicated)
The View (ABC)

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)

Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Shark Tank (ABC)
The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

2 Dope Queens (HBO)
Black Girls Rock! (BET)
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Program

Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest (Disney XD)
Motown Magic (Netflix)
Sesame Street (HBO)
Top Chef Junior (Universal Kids)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Alex R. Hibbert – The Chi (Showtime)
Lonnie Chavis -T”his Is Us (NBC)
Lyric Ross – This Is Us (NBC)
Marsai Martin – Black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown – Black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith – Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)
Joy Reid – AM Joy (MSNBC)
LeBron James – The Shop (HBO)
Lester Holt – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Iyanla Vanzant – Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
LL Cool J – Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
Queen Latifah – Black Girls Rock (BET)
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Steve Harvey – Family Feud (Syndication)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Amazing Grace (Sundial Pictures/Neon)
Making The Five Heartbeats (Green Lighthouse)
Quincy (Netflix)
RBG (CNN)
Whitney (Roadside Attractions/Miramax)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and the Media (NBC)
King in the Wilderness (HBO)
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (HBO)
Shut Up & Dribble (Showtime)
Time For Ilhan (Fuse)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Justin Simien – Dear White People – Chapter 1 (Netflix)
Marquita J. Robinson – GLOW – Work the Leg (Netflix)
Peter H. Saji – Black-ish – Purple Rain (ABC)
Regina Y. Hicks – Insecure – High-Like (HBO)
Trevor Noah , Steve Budow, David Kibuuka, Zhubin Parang, Dan Amira, Lauren Sarver Means, Mr. Daniel Radosh, David Angelo, Devin Trey Delliquanti, Zachary DiLanzo – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – 23087 Alex Wagner (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Janine Sherman Barrois – Claws” – Cracker Casserole (TNT)
Kay Oyegun This Is Us – This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life (NBC)
Lena Waithe – The Chi – Pilot (Showtime)
Patrick Joseph Charles – Black Lightning – Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption (The CW/Netflix)
Lena Waithe, Dime Davis, – The Chi – The Whistle (Showtime)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Anna Deavere Smith – Notes From the Field (HBO)
J. David Shanks – Seven Seconds: Matters of Life and Death (Netflix)
Katrina M. O’Gilvie – Behind the Movement (TV One)
Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi – Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Shalisha Francis – Seven Seconds: Of Gods and Men (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Boots Riley – Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim – Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover – Atlanta – FUBU (FX Networks)
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin – Chapter Seventy-Four (CW)
Hiro Murai – Atlanta – Teddy Perkins (FX Networks)
Ken Whittingham – Atypical – “Ernest Shackleton’s Rules for Survival” (Netflix)
Millicent Shelton – Insecure – High-Like (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Ayoka Chenzira – Queen Sugar – Here Beside the River (OWN)
Deborah Ann Chow – Better Call Saul – Something Stupid (AMC)
Dee Rees – Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Kill All Others (Prime Video)
Salli Richardson-Whitfield – Marvel’s Luke Cage – I Get Physical (Netflix)
Zetna Fuentes – How To Get Away With Murder – Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Ernest Dickerson – Seven Seconds: Until It Do (Netflix)
Ramin Bahrani – Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Tanya Hamilton – Seven Seconds: That What Follows (Netflix)
Tracy Heather Strai – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (PBS)
Victoria Mahoney – Seven Seconds: Witness for the Prosecution (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Steve McQueen – Widows (20th Century Fox)
Ryan Coogler – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones – Quincy (A Le Train TrainBob’s Your UncleTribeca Production for Netflix)

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

Issa Rae – Bojack Horseman (Netflix)
Laya Deleon Hayes – Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Mahershala Ali – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel)
Samuel L. Jackson – Incredibles 2 (Disney and Pixar Animation Studios)
Shameik Moore – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist

Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)
Jade Novah (EMPIRE)
Koryn Hawthorne (RCA Inspiration)
Omar Wilson (BSE Recordings)
Tory Lanez (Mad Love/Interscope Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Childish Gambino (RCA Records)
John Legend (Columbia Records)
MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
Raheem DeVaughn (BMG)

Outstanding Female Artist

Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)
Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)
H.E.R. (RCA Records)
Janelle Monáe (Atlantic Records)
Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

“A Good Night” – John Legend feat. BloodPop (Columbia Records)
“All The Stars” – Black Panther – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R., Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B (Atlantic Records)
“Everything Is Love” – The Carters (Roc Nation)

Outstanding Jazz Album

Facing Dragons – Christian Sands (Mack Avenue)
Hollywood Africans – Jon Batiste (Verve)
RISE! – Ben Tankard feat. Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr. (Ben-Jamin’ Universal Music)
The Story of Jaz – Jazmin Ghent feat. Jeff Lorber, James P. Lloyd, Kim Scott, Philippe Saisse (Jazmin Ghent Music)
Waiting for the Sunrise – Camille Thurman (Chesky Records)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Live at Passion City Church – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
Hiding Place – Tori Kelly (Capitol Records)
Make Room – Jonathan McReynolds (Entertainment One)
One Nation Under God – Jekalyn Carr (LMG)
Unstoppable – Koryn Hawthorne (RCA Inspirational)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

APES**T – The Carters (Roc Nation)
Could’ve Been – H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B (Atlantic Records)
This Is America – Childish Gambino (RCA Records)
All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

Amen – Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)
Better With You In It – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
Beyond – Leon Bridges (Columbia Records)
Long As I Live – Toni Braxton (Def Jam Recordings)
Never Alone – Tori Kelly feat. Kirk Franklin (Capital Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“A Good Night” – John Legend feat. BloodPop (Columbia Records)
“As I Am” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
“Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B (Atlantic Records)
“This Is America” – Childish Gambino (RCA Records)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By – Kendrick Lamar, SZA feat. 2Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Saudi, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith, Anderson Paak, Ab Soul, Reason, Zacari, Babes Wudumo, Sjava, Travis Scott (Interscope Records)
Greenleaf, Season 3 (Music from the Original TV series)” – Various Artists (Lions Gate Entertainment)
Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two” – Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Mondo Music)
Insecure Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 3 – Various Artists (RCA Records)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack From & Inspired by the Motion Picture – Various Artists (Republic Records)

Outstanding Album

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monáe (Atlantic Records)
Ella Mai – Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)
Even More – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
Everything Is Love – The Carters (Roc Nation)
I Used To Know Her: The Prelude – H.E.R. (RCA Records)

LITERARY

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Better Late Than Never – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing)
Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? Prose Novel – Jesse James Holland Jr (Titan Books)
Envy – Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone)
They Come in All Colors: A Novel – Malcolm Hansen (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad HarperCollins Publishers)
Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth – Beverly Bond (37 Ink, A Division of Atria Books)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics” – Donna Brazile (Author), Yolanda Caraway (Author), Leah Daughtry (Author), Minyon Moore (Author), Veronica Chambers (With), (St. Martin’s Press)
May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem – Imani Perry (University of North Carolina Press)
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row – Anthony Ray Hinton (Author), Lara Love Hardin (With), (St. Martin’s Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

Heads of the Colored People: Stories” – Nafissa Thompson-Spires (37 Ink, A Division of Atria Books)
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement” – Janet Dewart Bell (The New Press)
Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice” – Dr. Sheila D. Brooks (Author), Clinton C. Wilson II (Author), (Rowman & Littlefield)
Small Country: A Novel” – Gaël Faye (Hogarth)
Us Against The World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family ” – David Mann (Author), Tamela Mann (Author), Shaun Saunders (With), (W Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad HarperCollins Publishers)
Becoming – Michelle Obama (Crown)
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke – Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela (Author), Sahm Venter (Editor) (Liveright Publishing)
Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist – Franchesa Ramsey (Grand Central Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration – Carla Hall (Author) Genevive Ko (With) (Harper Wave)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – Donna Brazile (Author), Yolanda Caraway (Author), Leah Daughtry (Author), Minyon Moore (Author), Veronica Chambers (With), (St. Martin’s Press)
Poised For Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond – Karima Mariam-Arthur (Palgrave Macmillan)
Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Currency)
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim (Ballantine Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Confessions of a Barefaced Woman – Allison Elaine Joseph (Red Hen Press)
Ghost, Like a Place – Iain Haley Pollock (Alice James Books)
Refuse – Julian Randall (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart – Alice Walker (Author) (37 Ink/Atria Books)
The Gospel According to Wild Indigo – Cyrus Cassells (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man – Tonya Bolden (Abrams For Young Readers)
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly (Author), Laura Freeman (Illustrator), (Harper)
I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t – Diane Dillon (The Blue Sky Press)
The 5 O’Clock Band – Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator), (Abrams For Young Readers)
The Word Collector – Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi (Harper)
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin – James L. Swanson (Scholastic Press)
Harbor Me – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy M. Paulsen)
The Journey of Little Charlie – Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Press)
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson (Author), Tonya Bolden (With), (Bloomsbury YA)

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J. August Richards Talks Starring On NBC’s Latest Drama ‘Council Of Dads’

Premiering on NBC this week is the network’s newest drama Council of Dads inspired by Bruce Feiler’s bestselling book by the same title.

J. August Richards, best know for hit shows Angel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is starring as one of the leads, a bonus dad to his terminally ill patient’s children.

The story behind this drama series appears to be quite unique in itself (just look at the synopsis below). We are invited to witness the journey of three men coming together to fulfill their friend’s wish of co-fathering his five children, including a grown daughter Luly (Michele Weaver) from a previous marriage.

‘Council of Dads’ cast / NBC

Here is the official synopsis:

Scott Perry (Tom Everett Scott), a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself.

Dr. Oliver Post (Richards), is not only Scott’s oncologist but also best friends with his wife ( played by Sarah Wayne Callies), who also works at the hospital. Caught off guard by what was asked of him, Oliver is now faced with a challenge – co-parenting his friends’ children while being married and already raising his own 13-year old.

Joining the task alongside him are Scott’s longtime bachelor friend Anthony (Clive Standen) and Larry (Michael O’Neill), Scott’s sponsee at Alcoholics Anonymous.

“Council of Dads”: Oliver (J. August Richards), Anthony (Clive Standen) and Larry (Michael O’Neill) / NBC

Having to care for someone else’s children is not new to Richards. In real life, he is a proud uncle and a three-time godfather. It’s not quite the same as being a parent, he admits, but the high level of responsibility is still there. And when it comes to having personal role models, Richards mentions his godfather (who sadly passed away after they shot the pilot) and his father.

Council of Dads premieres Tuesday, March 10 at 10/9c. Watch the official trailer below.

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Netflix Has Picked Up ‘The Lovebirds’ After Studio Canceled Theatrical Release

Paramount Picture’s latest romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani will have its release after all. According to Deadline, The studio’s murder mystery comedy, which was recently pulled from theatrical release due to Coronavirus lockdown, is heading directly to Netflix. The launch date will be announced soon.

Here’s the synopsis for The Lovebirds:

A couple (Rae and Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Watch the official trailer below.

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“Little Fires Everywhere”: Episodes 1-3 Recap

BY KIMBERLY JONES

Little Fires Everywhere is based on a novel written by Celeste Ng that follows the lives of residents in the suburbs of Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 90s. Bill and Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon and Joshua Jackson) are longtime residents of the community and are the parents of 4 teenagers who are all on the path to self-discovery. The Richardson’s have a tight family unit and are doing their best to raise healthy, ambitious, generous and well-rounded children. Elena is having a hard time with her younger daughter Izzy (Megan Stott) who is clearly going through a rebellious stage so the two of them are in constant disagreement.

Elena is a suburban upper-class mom who is pretty uptight and wants control of her family and her image. She seems to have the Richardson kids’ lives already planned out for their successful future. Elena is a perfectionist, a quality that doesn’t really work in her favor with her kids because she’s judgmental and intimidating. The family inherited a rental property and that is when she meets single mother Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her intelligent teenage daughter Pearl Warren (Lexi Underwood). Mia a traveling artist and her daughter have been living in their car and responded to an ad for Elena’s rental. Upon their first meeting, Mia has her guard up with Elena and there is tension between the two. Mia is put off by Elena’s invasive and privileged tone during their first conversation.

Little Fires Everywhere — “Seeds and All” – Episode 102 – (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

Elena seems totally unaware of how uncomfortable and unwelcome this makes Mia. Despite their
bumpy start the Warren’s move into the rental property. Pearl immediately adapts to her new environment after she meets Moody, one of Richardson’s sons (Gavin Lewis). The two teenagers are attracted to each other and start spending a lot of time together. Hanging out with the Richardsons somewhat opens Pearl’s eyes to a whole new world. Although there are racial and economic differences between their two worlds, the teenagers still develop a friendship. Pearl also learns that she and Elena have a common interest – writing and journalism. Mia doesn’t approve of Pearl’s friendly relationships with the Richardsons but doesn’t express this to her daughter immediately.

The series takes a deep dive into classism and racism. For instance, Pearl, after spending more time with the Richardsons, realizes just how underprivileged her life has been. She has had to constantly move around. Because of her mother, she has never really had a nice stable place to live, she has never met her father and her school counselor won’t consider placing her in the correct math class at her new school because of her race. Instead of taking her mother Mia’s advice on standing up to her counselor, Pearl asks Elena for help to get enrolled in the correct math class. After a quick conversation with the counselor, Elena (much thanks to her race and status) easily gets Pearl in. When Mia starts working for the Richardsons as their “house manager”, Pearl seems to be surprised, ashamed and uncomfortable that her black mom is now working for this white family that she is trying to build new relationships with. This only further magnifies the differences between the two families. After Mia becomes Elena’s house manager, the two of them get to know each other a little better. Mia, however, is still very guarded with the new family and keeps her distance.

Little Fires Everywhere (Photo by: Hulu)

At the end of the three-episode premiere, Mia remains a mystery. Even in her relationship with her daughter Pearl, she is keeping a secret. Pearl has never met her father and her mother refuses to identify him. This is extremely frustrating for Pearl and leaves audiences wondering what exactly is Mia hiding?

Mia is not the only one with secrets. Each character is hiding something and those secrets have yet to come to light. The suspense of how the stories unfold makes the audience crave more. Little Fires Everywhere is a captivating, stimulating drama with an amazing cast that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. New episodes are available every Wednesday on Hulu.

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