The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Series Premiere Date:  12/22/23; Peacock

Genre:  Dramedy

Director(s):  Malcolm D. Lee, Robert Townsend.

Studio(s):   Blackmaled Productions, Hivemind, Peacock, Universal Television.

Cast:  Morris Chestnut (Lance Sullivan), Melissa De Sousa (Shelby Taylor), Taye Diggs (Harper Stewart), Regina Hall (Candace Murchison), Terrence Howard (Quentin Spivey), Sanaa Lathan (Robyn Stewart), Nia Long (Jordan Armstrong) and Harold Perrineau (Julian Murchison).

Story:   The eight-episode series will catch up with the beloved cast as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissanceSource:  Deadline.  Photo Sources:  Shadow & Act.


All The Queen’s Men

Release Date:   9/9/21; BET+ (all episodes)
Genre:  Drama
Director: Kim Fields Morgan
Studio(s):  Tyler Perry Studios, Pitch Black Development, LLC, BET+

Story:   All the Queen’s Men is a drama series being developed by Tyler Perry Studios for the BET+ streaming serviceThe series is based on the book Ladies Night and centers around the life of Marilyn ‘Madam’ DeVille. Madam is a fierce businesswoman who is at the top of her game in the nightclub industry and surrounded by a band of trusted employees who are down to make sure that she is successful. But Madam, a self-proclaimed boss, soon discovers that more money and more power mean more problems. Will Madam retain reign as she navigates this dangerous and sexy society?  Will the sensuous world of exotic dancing cost Madam her queendom and potentially her life?


Eva Marcille as Marilyn ‘Madam’ Deville, a savvy, powerful, uncompromising businesswoman who owns a high-class male strip club that she runs fairly but with a firm hand; she’s unafraid to do whatever it is she has to do to keep her business going.

Skyh Alvester Black as AMP ‘Addiction’ Anthony, a dancer with a hidden past who has found difficulty getting hired after being released from prison, so he goes to work as a bouncer/ doorman in Madam’s club, Eden.

Candace Maxwell as DJ Dime, the resident DJ at Club Eden. She is ambitious and looks to Madam as a mentor.

Racquel Palmer as Blue, Madam’s chief of security. Blue is frequently seen at Madam’s side when things get a little dicey.

Michael ‘Bolo’ Bolwaire as Doc, one of the male strippers at Club Eden. Doc gets along well with his fellow dancers and a little too well with one of Eden’s patrons.

Keith ‘Fatal Attraction’ Swift as Babyface, is the oldest dancer of the group, though he doesn’t look it. He’s questioning the number of days he has left at the club and his many client entanglements cause him plenty of drama.

Dion Rome as El Fuego, one of the dancers at Madam’s Club Eden who is a bit flirtatious with Madam. He loves who he loves and is quite the techy.

Jeremy ‘Masterpiece’ Williams as Midnight, a confident and tough male stripper who sparks a different vibe in Madam than the other strippers. She enjoys him though it’s hard to say how personal their relationship is.

Christian Keyes as The Concierge is a calmly intense hitman, and member of the Damascus family, hired to blackmail Madam.

Sources:  Deadline; The Wrap;  Photo Sources:  Yahoo News;;


Easy Rawlins TV Series

Status:  Announced
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Sylvain White (first episode)
Studio(s):   Amblin Television
Cast:  TBA

Details:  Easy Rawlins is getting his own TV series.  Amblin Television is teaming with author Walter Mosley to bring the beloved character from his best-selling gritty detective book series to the screen.  A network/streaming service is not yet attached.

Mosley has authored more than 60 books, including 15 novels and a collection of shorts featuring the Rawlins character.  Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Rawlins, previously brought to life by Denzel Washington in the 1995 feature Devil in a Blue Dress, is a Black World War II Army veteran turned hard-boiled private eye. The series will be set in 1950s Los Angeles and will honor the detective genre, while also exploring the racial inequalities and social injustice experienced by Black people and other people of color. Sources:  Deadline.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Status:  Optioned
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Ramin Bahrani
Studio(s):  Apple Studios
Cast:  Samuel L. Jackson (Ptolemy Grey), Danielle Fishback (Robyn).

Details:  Apple TV has landed a six-episode limited series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, that will star Oscar nominee, Samuel L. Jackson in his first lead TV role. The series is based on a novel by Walter Mosley, who will also write the script. Jackson and Mosley will also serve as executive producers.

Story:  The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey centers on a 91-year-old man (Jackson) who is forgotten by his family, his friends and even himself as he suffers from dementia. But when he’s able to briefly regain his memories, he uses those fleeting moments of lucidity to find the truth behind his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past.  Danielle Fishback will play a character named Robyn, described as a friend of the family who helps Ptolemy.  Source(s):  Deadline; Slashfilm.  Photo Source:

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!

Release Date:  4/14/21 – Series Premiere; Netflix
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:   TV-PG
Directors:  Ken Whittingham, Bentley Kyle Evans, Robin Strickland
Studio(s):  CBS Television Studios, Netflix
Cast:  Jamie Foxx, Kyla-Drew, David Alan Grier, Porscha Coleman, Jonathan Kite, Heather Hemmens, Valente Rodriguez.

Story:  Jamie Foxx plays Brian Dixon, a single dad and cosmetics brand owner who figures out fatherhood on the fly when his strong-minded teen daughter, Sasha (Kyla-Drew) moves in with him.  The comedy is inspired by Jamie’s relationship with his own daughter, Corinne Foxx. Both are executive producers on the show.  Source(s):  IMDB;


Them: Covenant

Release Date:  3/18/21; SXSW & 4/9/21; Amazon Prime – Series premiere
Genre:  Drama/Horror (Limited TV Series)
Studio(s):  Hillman Grad, Sony Pictures Television, Vertigo Entertainment, Amazon Studios

Cast:  Deborah Ayorinde (Lucky Emory), Ashley Thomas (Henry Emory), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Ruby Emory), Melody Hurd (Gracie Emory), Ryan Kwanten (George Bell).

Story:  Them is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, subtitled “Covenant,” centers on a Black family in the 1950s who moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces — next-door and otherworldly — threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.  Source:  MSN.