After the success of Empire, it appears that FOX is looking to serve the African-American community with even more programming geared towards our community.
In the recent TV upfronts, FOX stood out with an array of trailers featuring some familiar faces including Queen Latifah, Sanaa Lathan, and Damon Wayans along with some young black actors on the rise like Race star Stephan James and Straight Out of Compton‘s Corey Hawkins.
CBS is on the opposite end of the spectrum with a Fall and mid-season line-up that features mostly all white male leads, not including Justin Cornwell who is geared to star in their Training Day re-boot.
Shonda Rhimes is behind the unique (and sultry) looking Still Star-Crossed that is being touted as a sequel to Romeo & Juliet starring fresh face Lashana Lynch on ABC.
17 years since the end of The Wayans Brothers, Marlon Wayans has landed another scripted TV series loosely based on his life titled Marlon on NBC. The trailer has not been officially released but we do know Half & Half‘s Essence Atkins has been cast as his wife.
Watch the trailers below and let us know which show you plan on checking out this year.
Lethal Weapon (FOX)
Damon Williams is back! We aren’t sure about the chemistry of Williams and his co-star Clayne Crawford but we can’t wait to see what laughs the legendary comedian is sure to bring us.
If up-and-coming actress Kylie Bunbury isn’t actually a pitcher, she has us completely convinced. Plus, Michael Beach is pulling off the intense, over-bearing father so well.
Training Day (CBS)
Based on Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 film, this version pairs an idealistic young cop played by Justin Cornwell with a morally challenged veteran cop played by Bill Paxton. It seems a bit overly theatrical but we are hoping this doesn’t tarnish the TD brand.
Shots Fired (FOX)
Easily the show we are looking forward to most. This Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James led drama is sure to get a lot of folks talking with the very controversial and real topic.
If you are tired of Empire or love Empire and want more – You can look forward to Lee Daniels second music-heavy series Star which stars Queen Latifah.
Don’t we love anything attached to Shonda Rhimes? This is definitely not anything like her other hit shows BUT we are not mad at the #blackgirlmagic happening in this unconventional lead role.
Talk about versatile. Corey Hawkins had our hearts pounding watching this intense, fast-paced trailer. We can’t wait to see this one.
Although no official trailer has been released, you can’t go wrong with a Wayan, right?
Don’t forget to let us know which show you are looking forward to in the comment section below.