Thanks to Shonda Rhimes virtually holding Thursday nights on ABC hostage with her roster of amazingly successful shows, it looks like the TV landscape is shifting towards a preference for more diversified programming.
It has been a long time coming, and even though it is remarkable to consider that not enough progress has been made in this arena, there is no time like the present to rectify the issue.
Fox is handling their business accordingly by scoring with Empire, a primetime soap that some have compared to 80’s heavyweight Dynasty. It stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and will make its debut early next year. Film actress Viola Davis was offered a part she couldn’t refuse – and thank God she didn’t! We can’t imagine the role of Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder being embodied by anyone else. The intensity and vulnerability Davis showcases weekly has given her a career boost and most likely will earn her an Emmy nomination.
So it’s no surprise that networks are taking note and eager to jump on the bandwagon by shopping for shows that contain all the right elements for a certified hit.
HBO may be on to something with their latest acquisition – Bros – a comedy about three African-American brothers living in LA who are navigating the trenches in search of love and happiness. Sounds pretty standard but the crux lies in the fact that two of them are straight while the other is gay. This could make for interesting plotlines and season cliffhangers.
Writer Cory Jones, director Anthony Hemingway, and his producing partner Mark Taylor pitched Bros in a 12-minute presentation, and apparently they had the winning formula as evidenced by HBO’s enthusiasm and quick purchase.
No word yet on when the show is scheduled to air and we are guessing that the leads are not necessarily household names but we still can’t wait to see how it all develops once all the players are in place.