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.
‘By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times Of Godfather Of Harlem’: Docuseries Inspired by Emmy Award-winning series To Premiere In November
The four-part music docuseries, inspired by Epix’s show Godfather of Harlem, is set to premiere on November 8, 2020 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Inspired by the music and subjects featured in the EPIX original series, the documentary will highlight the dramatic true story of Harlem and its music in the 1960’s and will feature interviews with the stars of Godfather of Harlem: Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito and Ilfenesh Hadera and musicians Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Nile Rogers, A$AP Ferg, Chika, Joe Bataan and Freddie Stone. Other notables in the series include activist Al Sharpton, former U.S. Representative Charles Rangel and poet Sonia Sanchez.
The series will take audiences on a musical journey that brings to life the excitement of 1960’s Harlem, and introduces the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against oppression.
By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem is executive produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker from Significant Productions, along with Keith McQuirter (Decoder Media).
The first season of Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed drama Godfather of Harlem is currently available for streaming. Season two will kick off production this fall.
‘Save Me Too’: The Trailer for the Gripping Drama Has Arrived
The trailer for the second season of the award-winning thriller Save Me, which is currently streaming on Peacock, has premiered.
In the dramatic continuation of season one, Save Me too heads deeper into a dark, hidden world. Nelly Rowe’s (Lennie James) life was turned upside down when he was accused of abducting the daughter he barely knew. Now, 17 months later, his daughter Jody is still missing but Nelly’s quest to find her lives on as he put his relationships, and his life, on the line. New potential suspects are revealed, and long-buried secrets unearthed as Nelly is torn between protecting Grace, the young woman he found in a caravan park and continuing his mission to find Jody.
Also starring in the series are Suranne Jones (“Gentleman Jack”), Stephen Graham (“Code 404”), Jason Flemyng (“Two Weeks to Live”), Adrian Edmondson (“Bancroft”) and Lesley Manville (“Harlots”).
Save Me Too premieres on Peacock on Thursday, November 5. Watch the full trailer above.
‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reboot In the Works
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is making a return with Bel-Air! The one-hour project is based on Morgan Cooper’s record-breaking fan film (more than 7.5 million views to date) that reimagines the classic 1990s sitcom based on Will Smith’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to his uncle’s mansion in Bel-Air as a drama. Per Deadline, Bel-Air “will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”
Cooper will direct and co-executive produce Bel-Air. Showrunner Chris Collins (The Man in the High Castle, The Wire) will co-write, executive produce.
The project is being developed by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television and is currently being pitched to multiple streamers, including NBC’s Peacock, Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon.