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S. Epatha Merkerson Joins Yaya DaCosta to Star in NBC Spin-off Series ‘Chicago Med’ (Black Actors in Demand This Pilot Season)

S. Epatha Merkerson Joins Yaya DaCosta to Star in NBC Spin-off Series 'Chicago Med' (Black Actors in Demand This Pilot Season)

I continue to pose a question I’ve been asking for about 2 years now: are TV networks finally starting to realize the ratings and profit potential In producing content with black talent, targeting black people? (specifically, black women). 

S. Epatha Merkerson has joined Yaya DaCosta to star in NBC’s “Chicago Med,” which will be a spin-off of the current NBC drama, “Chicago Fire.”

The plan is for DaCosta, Merkerson and the other cast members to be introduced in episode 19 of the current season of “Chicago Fire,” with the “Chicago Med” series to premiere at a later date.

According to the premise, DaCosta will play a Maggie Seaver, who’s described as an attractive nurse who begins dating Chicago Fire’s Kelly (played by Taylor Kinney), whom she has known since high school. And Merkerson will play Sharon Goodwin, the head of the hospital where the drama will be set, who is tough and good at what she does, despite loathing the politics involved in running a hospital.

As Deadline notes, black actors are apparently in demand this TV pilot season, given the success of freshman shows like “Empire,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Black-ish” and others: “The hot streak of series with black casts/leads including ‘Empire’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ has not been lost on casting executives. Rosario Dawson is in big demand, with Sophie Okonedo, Meagan Good and Jurnee Smollett also holding multiple offers,” Deadline states.
 
So maybe we should expect a *blacker* primetime TV lineup when the 2015/2016 TV season comes around.

Merkerson was most recently seen on BET’s “Being Mary Jane.”

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