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Laurence Fishburne: Screw The Big Screen!

Well... he didn't actually say that, but his recently announced plans can be interpreted as such.

The story goes... Apparently joining the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation isn't going to be the only small screen opportunity taken advantage of by star Laurence Fishburne.

Variety Magazine reports that Fish is aggressively looking to expand his TV production reach by signing a first-look deal with the CBS TV network to develop projects for the small screen.

Fishburne has tapped former TV One executive Rose Catherine Pinkney to oversee his television arm.

Previous TV projects produced by Fishburne include: HBO's Miss Evers' Boys and Always Outnumbered.

It certainly would be grand to see more black and brown faces on CBS. I can't immediately think of a single program on the network that features a non-Caucasian cast. The same could probably be said of every other major television network.



  1. SolShine7 said...

    Very interesting. TV is becoming the place to be. Shows like The Closer and Saving Grace give stars the opportunity to have unique characters developed for them. Glenn Close got some nods for her role in Damages. And Angela Bassett is doing a fine job on ER.

    The only TV shows that I can think of that center around a minority lead are on The CW. Joanna Garcia in Privileged, Tia Mowry in The Game and Everybody Hates Chris. It's slim pickings.

  2. The Obenson Report said...

    Slim pickings indeed!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what Oprah's deal with HBO produces.

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