A full round-up of all the cancelations, renewals and new series orders is coming, once the dust settles… In the meantime, I’ll be sharing the highlights (see the news about Morris Chestnut just before this post).
Fresh off a critically-acclaimed starring performance in BET’s “The Book of Negroes” miniseries (now a Critics Choice nominee), Aunjanue Ellis stars in ABC’s drama-thriller “Quantico,” which hails from Josh Safran.
“Quantico” centers on a group of young FBI recruits, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As the show intercuts between their hidden pasts and their present training, it also flashes forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Ellis plays a character named Miranda, who is described as “an extremely professional and tough woman who is the director of Quantico and oversees the training of a new group of recruits. Honest to the point of being harsh at times, Miranda never allows her emotions to cloud her judgement, and is able to make difficult decisions – despite dealing with pressures at home. The character has fought hard to become the highest-ranking woman in the FBI, but there’s only so far she’s been able to go and that fuels her to push even further.”
Joining Ellis are Dougray Scott, Tate Ellington and Priyanka Chopra.
John Safran will write and executive produce the drama, alongside Mark Gordon.
She joins a long list of black actors who’ve been cast, and as LEADS (which is significant), in pilots this season. But, as I noted previously, of those 70+ pilots, let’s see how many of them actually get ordered to series. We’re off to a good start so far. Again, I’ll publish a full writeup of the cancelations, renewals and new series orders when all the networks have announced.