This fall there is a host of new television programming that features a diverse cast of actors bringing forth much-needed narratives to the primetime line up. With the popularity of returning shows like Empire, Black-ish, and Shonda Rhimes‘s How To Get Away With Murder it only makes sense that networks have decided to include a little more color into the mix.
Here’s our #BrownGirl picks for the season.
The contemporary drama Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a world-wide journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Led by acclaimed film director Ava DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women. Executively produced by Ava DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey. The series is inspired by the book by Natalie Baszile.
Already making waves by debuting as one of the biggest cable comedy series in years, this new show premiered earlier this month and has already been renewed for a second season. The story follows two cousins as they work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle.
The dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball.
Gifted athlete, Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, Under The Dome) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut. Like any rookie, Ginny must prove herself to her teammates. Although groomed for this moment by her demanding father, the end of Ginny’s improbable journey is the beginning of an almost impossible one: representing her gender as she embarks on a successful baseball career under the glare of the white-hot media spotlight. It’s a goal hard enough for anyone to achieve – except this player is also a woman, who happens to be the most important historical figure in sports since Jackie Robinson. This season, Ginny Baker will be the other woman trying to break into one of the oldest, most exclusive men’s clubs in the country.
Premieres Tuesday, September 20th, 9 p.m.
Executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg Strut is a series about transgender models breaking down barriers in the industry. Strut follows a group of inspiring and resilient trailblazers who are working to change the modeling industry, and the world around them, by simply being true to themselves. These individuals will empower viewers as they live their lives fully and unapologetically, despite facing many obstacles throughout their journey.