The Kings of Napa

Status:  Announced
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Matthew A. Cherry (first two episodes)
Studio(s):  Warner Bros. Television, Harpo Films
Cast:  Ebonee Noel, Karen LeBlanc, Yaani King Mondschein, Rance Nix.

Story:  The Kings of Napa is an upcoming drama from Janine Sherman Barrois for the Oprah Winfrey Network. The series is centered on the power struggle between the wealthy vineyard-owning King siblings in idyllic and picturesque Napa Valley. The aspirational African American family’s line of business has granted them the type of status that lands them in design magazines and on society pages. The wine business has brought the Kings success and acclaim, but following their patriarch’s sudden departure from the company, the three siblings must grapple for the reigns to the grape kingdom and acquire their own power.

Ebonee Noel will play the role of August King, the middle King sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz who is passionate about vino and is always looking for new ways to expand the business. Karen LeBlanc will portray Vanessa King, the matriarch of the King family who gave up her career as a news reporter to help run King Estate Wines and has a seemingly picture-perfect marriage with her husband, Reginald. Yanni King Mondschein will play the role of Bridgette Peele, August’s cousin and right-hand who works as the winery’s manager. Rance Nix will portray Dana King, August’s older brother and the savvy CFO of the vineyard.

Production will begin later in 2021 for an early 2022 premiere on OWN.  Source(s):

Cooking Up Christmas

Release Date:  12/15/20; OWN
Genre:  Family/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Roger M. Bobb
Studio(s):  Mutiny FX, Tycor International Film Company
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Lamman Rucker (Donovon Jackson), Meagan Holder (Chloe), Jen Harper (Dolores), Giovonnie Samuels (April), Marquita Goings (Shavonne), Vince Pisani (Mark), L. Warren Young (Buck), Peter Luis Zimmerman (Carlos), Bailey Tippen (Vanessa), Lindsey Blackwell (Lindsey).

Story:  Meagan Holder (“Pitch”) stars in this family-centric holiday story as Chloe, an Atlanta-based chef at a fine dining restaurant who gets fired just weeks before Christmas and reluctantly takes a job with pro baseball player Donovan Jackson (Lamman Rucker), who is a single dad of three needing a live-in-chef to get him through the holidays with the kids. Chloe only takes the job in order to save up enough capital to live out her dream of opening her own restaurant, but soon finds herself caught up in the ups and downs of the Jackson family during her residency. Throughout the holiday season in the Jackson household the importance of family and Chloe’s good Southern cooking are two constants that remain. As Christmas comes to an end, Chloe discovers that her lifelong dream might finally come true… and that her heart has a mind of its own.  Source:  Black Film & TV.

First Christmas

Release Date:  12/22/20; OWN
Genre:  Drama/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Crystle Roberson
Studio(s):  Foremost Pictures, MarVista Entertainment, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Idara Victor, Tonea Stewart, Samantha Smith, Mason Beauchamp, Peyton Jackson, Amanda Tavarez
Story:  Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing (Idara Victor) receives the blessing of a lifetime when she is invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” (Tonea Stewart) welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family.  Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Amanda Tavarez) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; Black Film &TV.

A Christmas For Mary

Release Date:  12/8/20; OWN
Genre:  Romance/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  David DeCoteau
Studio(s):  Hybrid; OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network; Harpo Films
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Vivica A. Fox (Vivian), Jackée Harry (Deborah), Morgan Dixon (Lena), Leah Briese (Stephanie), Alonzo B. Slater (Michael), Ricco Ross (David), Kelli Dawn Hancock (Claudia), Chris Rouse (Earl), Mercedez Ja’Miece (Julie).

Story:  A holiday tale of rediscovery and renewal when up-and-coming journalist Lena Jones (Dixon) is tasked with delivering a story by Christmas that will wow her boss, magazine editor Vivian Vaye (Fox), who is dangling a promotion to head writer over Lena’s head. Intrigued by a portrait of a mysterious woman painted by her late grandfather, Lena journeys to the small town of Pineville, where with her mother, Deborah’s (Harry) blessing and support, Lena uncovers a long-ago forgotten tale of young love that not only uncovers cherished memories of the past, but also inspires Lena to follow her heart and find her own true love … and her perfect Christmas story.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; Black Film & TV.

Baking Christmas

Release Date:  11/29/19; OWN
Genre:  Holiday/Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Fred Olen Ray
Studio(s):   Harpo Films, Hybrid, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:   Tim Reid (Phillip), Aloma Wright (Patty), Ninja N. Devoe (Brenda), Khalilah Joi (Jennifer), Yohance Myles, Dawan Owens (Will), Arnell Powell (Anthony), Leigh-Ann Rose (Angela), Jakari Fraser (Leroy).

Story:   When Patty, the founder of the town’s most popular and successful bakery, announces her plan to retire at the end of the year, her children step up to take over the family business. Patty and Phillip’s children, Jennifer, Angela and Anthony, are qualified – and eager – to run the enterprise, and each has their own ideas for writing the bakery’s next chapter. There is only one way to ensure the shop ends up in the right hands and that is a Christmas cake bake off. The gloves come off and the frosting flies as the siblings vie for control of the bakery in an unforgettable competition to create the best-ever Christmas confection.  Source:  Deadline.  Photo Source:


Carole’s Christmas

Release Date:  11/22/19; OWN
Genre:   Holiday
Rating:   Unknown
Director:   David DeCoteau
Studio(s):   Harpo Films, Hybrid, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:   Kimberly Elise (Carole Jordan), Jackée Harry (Iris), Anthony Montgomery Cayden K. Williams, Brandon Claybon (Damon), Cort King (Donovan), Morgan Alexandria (Tiffany), Diandra Lyle (Kim), Lynette DuPree (Ariene).

Story:   Carole’s Christmas tells the story of Carole Jordan (Elise), an overworked businesswoman who learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for” after she off-handedly wishes that she had taken another path in life. When Carole’s wish is granted, her world is turned upside down and the only person she can confide in is Iris (Harry), a woman she recognizes from her “past life.” Carole no longer has time for the things that mattered most to her – family, friends and her annual Christmas party. She quickly learns how grateful she was for the previous life she was living.  Source:  Deadline.  Photo Source: