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TELEVISION - Don Cheadle


As I've said previously, it appears television (specifically cable tv) provides much better working opportunities for those actors, actresses, writers, directors, producers, etc... in underrepresented groups.

Laurence Fishburne recently signed a first-look deal with the CBS network to develop projects for the small screen.

And Jada Pinkett-Smith just began work on the TNT medical drama Time Heals, in which she is executive producer and a starring cast member. The show has been greenlit for 10 episodes.

And now...

Oscar-nominated actor-producer Don Cheadle and his Crescendo Prods. are making a big push in television with a two-year, first-look deal at Universal Media Studios.

Under the pact, expected to be announced today during NBC's portion of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, Crescendo will develop series projects for the studio.

"Don Cheadle is such a smart and dynamic presence both on the screen and behind the scenes," said Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment for NBC and UMS. "We are already at work discussing ideas that will bring Don's strong and creative voice to our primetime schedule."

With all this African American talent (including those not mentioned above) invading our television screens, I look forward to experiencing the fruits of each person's labor.



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