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Black Intellects
24th-May-2010 12:44 am

Most of you have probably heard but J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) has a new television series this fall called Undercovers.

I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand this is awesome. You've got an action-packed romantic comedy spy series (much in the spirit of say Hart to Hart, the Scarecrow & Mrs. King or Mr. & Mrs. Smith) that features two sexy, engaging and talented black leads. Note: two black leads in something other than a sitcom. Roles like this are usually reserved for white actors and the trailer looks promising imho. I personally plan on tuning in.

On the other hand, if the show fails, it won't be because the writing wasn't tight, or had a bad timeslot or the concept needed tweaking here and there or the networks didn't foster the series like they would if the series had an all-white cast.
The (fallacious) argument is going to be that black actors can't be leads and it's bad for business and therefore we won't see a show like this again.

So what say you Black Intellects? Can shows like this prosper, even in the age of Obama?

Aside from tuning in to support the series, what else can we do to make it clear that we more of our stories showcased and celebrated?



Shall we discuss?

25th-May-2010 01:18 am (UTC)
On the one hand, this isn't a "black show" written with a black urban comedy and aesthetic in mind. So it may survive the initial, "That show's for black people" knee-jerk reaction that some might have. On the other hand, as you mentioned, it's still a show with black leads and that just may be a problem for some people.

[But HawthoRNe did well. Albeit, Jada can draw a crowd by name alone and that undoubtedly attracted many viewers to the show. Or at least it attracted me. And when Season 2 picks up this summer, it may give us a clue as to what we can expect with a "non-black" show featuring a black lead.)

All that aside, the first time I saw the preview for this show I knew I wanted to see it. It has all the potential for good storytelling--although I'm predicting it's going to move pretty slowly after the premiere. But I just like watching good looking black folk on the telly, so I'll stick with it.
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