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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in a New Showtime Series ‘First Ladies’

Viola Davis is set to play our forever First Lady Michelle Obama in the new Showtime scripted White House series titled First Ladies, Deadline reported. Davis will executive produce via her JuVee Productions with Aaron Cooley (The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America), who is also writing the script.

“Proud to spotlight these brave, extraordinary women,” the Oscar winner tweeted on Monday.

Per Showtime’s description, First Ladies is set in the East Wing, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes. The first season will center around Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

Davis currently stars in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, which airs its sixth and final season this fall.

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Teyana and Iman’s Reality Show Renewed For 2nd Season

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are set to return with their unscripted reality series We Got Love Teyana & Iman, The Jasmine Brand exclusively reported. According to the publication, E! will renew the show as it scored high viewership ratings.

The series gives an unfiltered peek behind the curtain as the power couple – the R&B singer and NBA champion, along with their tight-knit entourage of family and friends, continue building their empire, all while juggling their careers and busy home life.

We Got Love Teyana & Iman first aired in June. The final episode dropped on Wednesday, September 15.

Prom scene, We Got Love Teyana & Iman S01 Ep8

In the season finale titled Fast Tunes at Aunties High, Teyana and Iman can be seen attending a recreated High School prom. Since the R&B singer missed out on the experience, the NBA champion and his team attempt to put together a dream prom for Teyana.

After episode 8 aired, viewers took it to Twitter to share their reactions.

One user wrote, “The Prom was beautiful glad she got to have one, The team did a great job bringing everything together.”

Another said, “Aww so sweettt! And he bought Hot Cheetos and Skittles!? LOL He the one sis!”

Fans also have expressed wanting more of the show. @SusieCarmichael tweeted, “I just wanna thank Junie for allowing Teyana and Iman for being on her show this season. Looking forward to a new season in the future.”

E! has not made an official announcement of the renewal at this time, but we are expecting it any day now.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ Renewed For Season Two

Peacock’s Emmy-nominated late-night series has been renewed for a second season, Variety reported.

“We are thrilled to keep doing what we love for another season,” said host, writer, and executive producer Amber Ruffin in a statement. “Margaritas for everyone!”

The show is a mix of weekly news and comedy, now with a live studio audience. It sees Ruffin sharing her signature take on important events with added bits, songs, and bowties.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ poster

Season one of the critically-acclaimed series will conclude this Friday, September 17. The second season will kick off on Friday, October 8, with all-new episodes dropping every Friday.

In addition to hosting her own show, Ruffin is also a writer and performer for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She was the first African American woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S.

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Jabari Banks To Star In The Fresh Prince Reboot

The 1990s sitcom remake has found its new Fresh Prince!

The 1990s sitcom remake has found its new Fresh Prince! Philadelphia native Jabari Banks will star in the lead role that was once Will Smith’s, Variety reported.

Smith surprised the actor with the life-changing news via Zoom call. You can watch the video below.

Set in the present, Bel-Air is a one-hour dramatic retelling of the classic that recounts “Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.”

Writer-director Morgan Cooper kick-started the project with his viral four-minute short film released in March 2019. Described as “a reinterpretation” that brings the story “into modern-day life in 2019,” the spec trailer received a lot of praise and caught the attention of many fans and Smith himself. Cooper is set to direct, co-write, and executive produce the project, which has received a two-season order.

Smith will executive produce via Westbrook Studios along with Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and original series creators Andy and Susan Borowitz.

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