As season finales wrap up the 2015-2016 TV season, new shows are on the horizon to stake their claim and pave the way to a potential second season. Ratings are everything in the television industry and most freshmen shows don’t make it past winter finales (i.e. Fox’s Minority Report).
This season’s biggest shows, ABC’s “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” and Fox’s “Empire,” have taken on huge ratings this past TV season but “Scandal” and “Empire” will have shorter seasons to make room for new shows hitting their respective networks.
This fall, Sanaa Lathan, Tristan Wilds, Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins and Niecy Nash are coming to the small screen. We’ve heard the rumors of the new shows but now the lineups and trailers for some have officially been released.
First Up, Marlon Wayans will be hitting NBC with his new self-titled comedy, “Marlon.” The family comedy is loosely based off the youngest Wayans’ life as he is the father of two. The sitcom has been in the works for a while and now it’s official, with Essence Atkins starring as his ex-wife. The plot of the show surrounds the two as they navigate their way as co-parents with both having different styles of parenting.
Next, Fox is bringing two new shows that most of the African American community can relate to. A show about the music industry and a show about the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Lee Daniels has certainly put pep in Fox network since the arrival of his show “Empire,” which has given him room to bring another musical drama show, starring Queen Latifah and Lenny Kravitz. Daniels’ new show “Star” has been highly anticipated for months. The A-list producer even held auditions in Atlanta for the show that will feature “Love and Hip Hop” star Joseline Hernandez. The series follows three talented singers who navigate the crazy world of the music industry. Just like “Empire,” the series will feature original music.
Tristan Wilds makes his way back to the small screen with a 10 episode series titled, “Shots Fired.” The show co-stars Sanaa Lathan as a special investigator who digs into the cases of racially charged shootings, particularly the shooting of a white teen by an African American cop played by Tristan Wilds. The series hits on relevant times with the shootings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Freddie Gray and countless others triggering the #BlackLivesMatters movement. Love and Basketball’s producer power couple Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood are at the helm as executive producers.
“Gina and Reggie have crafted a profoundly moving portrayal of a timely and sensitive issue that pervades our culture at this very moment,” said David Madden, Fox entertainment president. “This is not only an important story to tell, but also an explosive mystery-thriller, and we couldn’t be in better hands both with the creative team behind this, along with the very talented Sanaa Lathan leading the cast.”
The series was greenlit last October and trailer has been released.
Lastly, Niecy Nash is becoming one of the hardest working women in television. The “Scream Queen” actress will be starring in her own show pilot on TNT titled “Claws.” The show is executive produced by actress Rashida Jones of NBC’s “The Office.” After getting passed on her comedy pilot by Fox, Nash will be playing the owner of a South Florida nail salon that wrangles five diverse and treacherous manicurists in the male dominated world of organized crime. The hour long dramedy will reveal that there’s more going on in the nail salon than just pedicures and manicures. Nash will also be back for a second season of Fox’s “Scream Queens” this fall.
This fall’s TV season is starting to shape up nicely. What shows are you looking forward to?
Written By: Jnelle Belle