The CW has had a ton of success with dramas based on DC Comics superheroes. But their newest, “Black Lightning,” is unlike any of the others. Whether that’s good or bad, I’m not quite sure.
Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, the principal of an inner city charter high school who was once the superhero Black Lightning. Jefferson retired nine years ago when being a superhero destroyed his marriage. But when the dangerous local gang, The One Hundred, threatens the safety of his daughters, Black Lightning returns to the streets.
Black Lightning is an adult hero with a family, which gives him an interesting dynamic that’s different than most superheroes, and Williams is great at playing that inner conflict of family vs. duty.
The problem is that Jefferson is way more compelling of a hero as a principal than he is as a superhero. Black Lightning just struts down the street with the
Actress Angela Bassett attends the panel discussion for Netflix’s “Master of None” For Your Consideration Event at the Saban Media Center on June 5, 2017 in North Hollywood, California.
*Angela Bassett is moving from one Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuck project to another.
The Emmy-nominated veteran of their FX series “American Horror Story” has been tapped to star in the pair’s upcoming Fox series “911,” with “AHS” and “Feud” showrunner Tim Minear to serve in the same capacity for the pilot.
“Six Feet Under” and “Parenthood” alum Peter Krause was announced Tuesday as Bassett’s co-star, and McG has been tapped to direct the pilot.
Picked up straight to series in May, the procedural explores the high-pressure experiences of police,
Sam Broadwin/Spike TV Intelligence analyst Angela Clemente and filmmaker Joe Berlinger, center, gather with family members and others to discuss their investigation into the disappearances of six women in Chillicothe, Ohio, in the new docuseries, “Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio,” premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22 on Spike TV.
American Horror Story co-star Angela Bassett is reuniting with the hit anthology series’ creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. I hear Bassett is set to star in 911, a drama project from Murphy and Falchuk, which is getting a 13-episode straight-to-series order at Fox. 20th Century Fox TV, where Murphy is based, is the studio.
Details about the show, written and executive produced by Murphy and Falchuk, are sketchy, but I hear it is in the vein of ER and revolves around 911 operators. Bassett also is executive producing.
911, which is targeting a midseason launch, is expected to be announced Monday at Fox’s upfront presentation. The network and 20th TV had no comment.
In her first foray as a TV series regular, Oscar-nominated Bassett joined the final season of ER. Her follow-up major series gig was on FX’s American Horror Story. She co-starred