Black TV Programs Premiering in 2023Dec 21, 2022 02:00PM ● By Anand Subramanian
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African American Geniuses continue to make significant strides in the front and behind the camera. However, the trend for television in the next year will be less focused on fantastical elements and more on confronting reality (or alternate reality). There will be plenty of new series on Netflix and other streaming services in 2023. There is a lot to look forward to across a wide variety of genres in the next year, whether you're in the market for something fresh or can't wait for your favorite series to return. It's easy to get lost in the sea of content available on streaming services, so we did the legwork for you and narrowed it down to the five most excellent new T.V. programs of 2023.
Get Millie Black
HBO's new prestige project marks the television debut of acclaimed author Marlon James. The author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Man Booker Prize, tells the original tale of Jamaican-born investigator Millie-Jean Black, who was sacked from Scotland Yard and joined the Jamaican Police Force. She and her colleague, Curtis, look into instances of missing people, and their world is turned upside down when they find out that Scotland Yard investigator Luke Holborn is also in Kingston for a different reason. It was filmed on location in May of 2022 and had the potential to be an HBO production with a strong sense of historical and geographical setting.
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It's based on an award-winning horror book by Victor LaValle from 2017 and stars the excellent LaKeith Stanfield as a father whose wife shows signs of postpartum depression following their kid's birth. He is left wondering whether something worse isn't happening when she does something terrible. Melina Matsoukas, who directed the controversial Queen & Slim and executive produced the fantastic Insecure, is working on a movie starring Adina Porter. In August 2017, Annapurna Pictures purchased the rights to the book with the idea of adapting it into a television series. Apple TV+ ordered the series in August 2021, with Kelly Marcel penning the scripts and acting as showrunner, Melina Matsoukas directing, and Lakeith Stanfield starring. In March of 2022, Adina Porter and Clark Backo joined the cast. Samuel T. Herring, a musician, was cast in June. In July, recurring roles for Malcolm Barrett, Alexis Louder, Amirah Vann, and Jared Abrahamson were announced.
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King Shaka is based on historical events and relates the narrative of Shaka (Babalola), the founder of the Zulu Empire. His meteoric ascent to power in the early 19th century unified different tribes over broad swaths of southern Africa. Shaka, the rejected offspring of a Zulu chief, is a visionary who the Zulu people believe would one day rule over them with unprecedented power. Written by Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika and produced by Propagate, Fuqua Films, and C.B.S. Studios, the epic drama series stars Babalola as the main character and follows his transformation from a social outcast as a youngster to a warrior king. Thando Dlomo (The Woman King) will play Pampatha, a herder whose destiny is inextricably bound up with Shaka's, and Assa Maga (The Fear Index) will play Nandi, Shaka's loyal mother who would give all to complete her son's destiny.
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Book cover of Washington Black, and Sterling K. Brown (photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Hulu has acquired the rights to adapt Esi Edugyan's novel into Sterling K. Brown's first major project since This Is Us devastated audiences. The film Washington Black, which has been in the works for a while, reportedly follows an 11-year-old kid who, in the 19th century, is forced to run from a sugar plantation in Barbados and ends up as the protégé of Mayor Brown of Black Halifax. The Caribbean is the setting for this tale. Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who penned The Twilight Zone episode "Replay" for Jordan Peele's adaptation, is in charge of and has creative control over the show.
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After making her debut in Wakanda Forever, M.I.T. student Riri Williams, alias Iron Heart (Dominique Thorne), will be back in her own Marvel series. It's Marvel Studios' intention for this to be the 10th TV show in their shared continuity with the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). There isn't much information available about this program, which Chinaka Hodge created (a writer on The Midnight Club and Snowpiercer). Still, we do know that Anthony Ramos plays the role "The Hood" and that it centers on the conflict between magic and technology. Lyric Ross, Alden Ehrenreich, Manny Montana, Paul Calderón, and others appear in the show's six episodes. It will debut as a part of the MCU's fifth production slate.
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Anand Subramanian is a freelance photographer and content writer based out of Tamil Nadu, India. Having a background in Engineering always made him curious about life on the other side of the spectrum. He leapt forward towards the Photography life and never looked back. Specializing in Documentary and Portrait photography gave him an up-close and personal view into the complexities of human beings and those experiences helped him branch out from visual to words. Today he is mentoring passionate photographers and writing about the different dimensions of the art world.
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