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Watch: ‘For Life’ Trailer Starring Nicholas Pinnock

Nicholas Pinnock is starring in his first lead American role on ABC’s upcoming drama series titled For Life. He will portray Aaron Wallace, a character inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.  His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. The show will also, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.

For Life is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson via G-Unit Film & Television. The pilot is directed and executive produced by George Tillman Jr. (The Hate U Give).

The cast also includes Indira Varma (Safiya), Joy Bryant (Marie), Glenn Fleshler (Frank), Dorian Missick (Jamal), Tyla Harris (Jasmine), Mary Stuart Masterson (Anya) and Boris McGiver (DA Maskins).

The show will premiere on Tuesday, February 11. Watch the full trailer above.

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‘Tyler Perry’s The Oval’ Renewed for Season 3 by BET

Shortly after Tyler Perry’s The Oval aired its 22-episode second season, the political drama has been renewed for season 3 by BET.

The Oval tells the stories of a fictional White House from the staff to the first family – President Hunter Franklin (Ed Quinn), First lady Victoria Franklin (Kron Moore), the first biracial couple to occupy the White House, and their children Gayle (Paige Hurd) and Jason (Daniel Croix Henderson). 

The show’s ensemble cast also includes Javon Johnson, Ptosha Storey, Vaughn Hebron, Teesha Renee, Lodric Collins, Ciera Payton, Taja V. Simpson, Walter Fauntleroy, Brad Benedict, Travis Cure, Matthew Law, Bill Barrett, and Derek A. Dixon.

Season 3 is scheduled to start production at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA later this year. It joins Tyler Perry’s Sistas, which also recently was renewed for a third season by BET.

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‘Atlanta’ Seasons 3 & 4 Will Film Back-To-Back in March; Donal Glover Leave FX for Amazon

Will Donald Glover‘s recently announced Amazon deal impact the future of the show?

The award-winning series Atlanta will reportedly start filming seasons 3 and 4 back-to-back in March. Per THR, this is being done to get the show back to our screens as soon as possible.

Atlanta follows Princeton-dropout-turned-music-manager Earn (Glover), his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry), a rising rapper named Paper Boi, as they navigate the local hip-hop scene.  Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz also star in the series that last aired in May 2018, concluding season 2.

Along with the news of the show starting production for its final seasons (as of now), came the news of Glover exiting his overall deal with FX for a multiple-year, eight-figure overall deal with Amazon. How will that affect Atlanta, you ask? It will not. And although the FX series has not been renewed beyond season 4, Glover’s contract with Amazon, reportedly, has a “carve-out” that will allow him to work on Atlanta beyond season 4 if he chooses to do so.

The new episodes of Atlanta‘s season 3 are expected to air in late 2021.

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First Look at Jodie Turner-Smith as Anne Boleyn

 Queen & Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith is portraying the Tudor queen Anne Boleyn — the most notorious of Henry VIII’s wives, in a three-part psychological thriller titled Anne Boleyn. The drama will air on Channel 5.

According to Variety, Anne Boleyn “will explore the final months of Boleyn’s life from her perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her. The series will depict the key moments that cause Anne to topple, reflecting her strength, fatal vulnerabilities and determination to be an equal among men.”

Jodie Turner-Smith as Anne Boleyn / Parisa Taghizadeh

The cast includes Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, Gangs of London), Mark Stanley (White House Farm), Lola Petticrew (Dating Amber), Barry Ward (White Lines, Des), Jamael Westman (West End’s Hamilton), Amanda Burton (Silent Witness), and Thalissa Teixeira (Two Weeks to Live).

The show wrapped production in December, and will air later this year.

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