Posted by | Ray Cornelius
YAY!!!! TNT has ordered another season of its popular drama series “CLAWS” starring Niecy Nash and Karrueche Tran. According to THR, the show holds basic cable’s No. 4 slot this year among adults 18-49.
“Look out Manatee County, these ladies are coming back for more. These strong-willed, hilarious women represent the diverse voices this network is all about. Claws has certainly struck a chord with audiences and continues to attract new viewers each week,” said TNT in a statement.
As previously reported, “CLAWS” follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. It features Desna (played by Nash), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (played by Harold Perrineau). Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job. Adding chaos to the Nail Artisan mix is Roller (Jack Kesy), a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna’s nail salon to launder their obscene profits; Bryce (Kevin Rankin), Jennifer’s husband who is also newly sober and trying to stay legit by working as an abundance coach; and Dr. Ken Brickman (Jason Antoon), a bona fide doctor at a decidedly un-bona fide and illegal drug clinic.
I recently caught up with the ladies at the ESSENCE Festival where we talked about their characters and a whole lot more. Here is what executive producer and showrunner, Janine Sherman Barrois had to say about the overall message of the series:
“I think you have five bad-ass women who want power. They want sex. They want a piece of the pie and they’re unapologetic and not asking men for permission. And I think that’s what women need to do now.”
RC will keep you posted on all of the new season details. “CLAWS” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on TNT.
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