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Watch First-Look Trailer for ‘Truth Be Told’ feat. Octavia Spencer (VIDEO)

APPLE has released the first-look trailer for Truth Be Told, an upcoming Apple TV+ limited series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul and Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan.

The series follows podcaster Poppy Parnell (Spencer) as she is compelled to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation and comes face to face with Warren Cave (Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race. 

Truth Be Told is created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman and also stars Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones.  

The series will premiere globally on Apple TV+, a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers. Apple TV+ launches on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions, and will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for just $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

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Paula Patton, Erica Ash & Marques Houston to star in ‘Sacrifice’

Paula Patton, Erica Ash and Marques Houston are coming to BET+ in 2020 as part of an original movie titled Sacrifice. The film is executive produced, written and directed by Chris Stokes.

The legal thriller follows Daniella Hernandez (Patton), a highly sought after entertainment lawyer who navigates through the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.

The show also features Juan Antonio, Altonio Jackson, V. Bozeman, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena-Brown, Liliana Montenegro and Josué Ramon Gutierrez.

Houston will also serve as the film’s co-executive producer for Footage Films. Principal photography for Sacrifice took place in New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to have Paula and the talented ensemble cast join our first original film on BET+, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to quality storytelling while meeting our audience on all platforms,” said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming, BET Networks.

Check out the character breakdowns below:

Paula Patton will play Daniella Hernandez

Daniella is an all-around boss and power player. As an entertainment attorney, she uses her quick-wit and attention to detail to secure clients and manage their unruly lives.

Erica Ash will play Beverly Nicole Rucker

A powerful district attorney, and sorority sister of Daniella, Beverly is relentless in her pursuit to rid the city of celebrities who live above the law.

Juan Antonio will play Dominiq Mayfield aka Big Dom

Big Dom is a powerful, confident and extraordinarily successful hip hop artist and mogul. He and Daniella have a long history.

V. Bozeman will play Tamika Bland

Daniella’s loyal and resourceful assistant, Tamika is a professional partner and personal confidante.

Altonio Jackson will play Steven Somwon
An ex-hacker, Steven is pulled into Daniella’s camp after working at her firm in the mailroom.

Nelson Bonilla will play Miguel
Daniella’s trusted driver and fatherly figure. Miguel has a unique and specific skill set. It’s those sets of skills, combined with his fidelity to Daniella, that make him a valuable asset to the team.

Michael Toland will play Arnold Lang
Arnold is the founding partner of Daniella’s firm, Lang & Associates.

James Trevena Brown will play Joshua Lang
Joshua is Arnold Lang’s son and next in line to make partner at the company.

Liliana Montenegro will play Gabriella Hernandez
Daniella’s Spanish-speaking aunt who comforts her at home.

Marques Houston will play Jason Pratt

Jason is a young Assistant District Attorney who knows the law better than anyone and does everything by the book.

Josué Ramon Gutierrez will play Oscar Baptiste
A client of Daniella’s and Dom’s biggest hip hop rival.

PHOTO CREDITS: BET.COM

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Tyler Perry teams up with BET for New Series ‘SISTAS’

Remember last week when I posted an image of actors KJ SmithAnthony Dalton and Kevin Walton and said that they were starring in Tyler Perry‘s new BET series? Well now I have all of the “deets” about the show and couldn’t be more excited.

SISTAS is the second one-hour original series that Mr. Perry is bringing exclusively to BET. (The first is one is The Oval and I’ve got something coming up on that too) Anyway, it features KJ Smith along with Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von, and Novi Brown and follows a group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single? Viewers will get to watch these women navigate their “complicated love life” status, careers and friendship through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.

SISTAS will premiere this fall and principal photography is said to be underway in Atlanta at Tyler Perry Studios.

Check out the lead actresses below + their descriptions:

KJ SMITH will play ANDREA “ANDI” BARNES
The “common sense one of the group,” Andi is a successful divorce lawyer focused on taking her career to the next level. She is confident, driven, ambitious, clever, witty, and accomplished. She is reliable and the emergency call if ever needed.

EBONY OBSIDIAN will play KAREN MOTT
Owner of an up and coming hair salon, Karen is street-smart, head strong and independent. Tired of being mistreated by men, she is beginning to take a very close look at the relationships in her life. Karen is the “tough love” girl of her “sistas” group.

MIGNON VON will play DANIELLA “DANNI” KING Danni is the kind of woman who doesn’t hold back. She is the “ride or die” girl. Although she tends to be very involved with everyone else’s business but her own, she means well and has the best intentions. Danni is comical, fearless and marches to the beat of her own drum. She always has her girls’ back. Danni is the unbiased supporter of the group and works in customer service at the airport.

NOVI BROWN will play SABRINA HOLLINS Sabrina is stylish and smart. She works as a bank teller and is intrigued when one of her customers asks her out. Although she tends to be reserved and plays it safe, she goes against the grain and tries something new but doesn’t know how she feels about it. Sabrina is supportive of her girls and is the peacemaker of the group.

SISTAS is written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios.

Photo Credits: BET.com + Essence.com

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Tone Bell, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Brian Stokes Mitchell star in CBS’ ‘FAM’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CBS is adding a new comedy to its 2019 lineup with FAM. It premieres on Thursday, January 10th at 9:30 p.m. EST.

FAM follows Nina Dobrev as Clem, a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé, Nick (Tone Bell), and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), unexpectedly comes to live with them.

FAM also features Broadway veterans Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Nick’s parents Walt and Rose + Gary Cole guest as Clem’s father, Freddy.

Watch the Behind-the-Scenes trailer below:

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STARZ picks up Katori Hall’s ‘P-Valley’ + ‘Hightown’ starring Monica Raymund

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Starz announced on Monday the series pickups of Katori Hall‘s P-Valley (working title) and Hightown, formerly called P-Town from Rebecca Cutter, Gary Lennon and Jerry Bruckheimer.

P-Valley is based on Hall’s play Pussy Valley and is being described as an unapologetic look at the lives of strip club dancers. Deep down in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big charact