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Showtime’s hit series House of Lies has earned much attention since it debuted in 2012. Now in its second season, the clever comedy about an over-the-top consultant, played by Best Comedy Actor Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle, continues to up the ante with guest stars. Nia Long is among the selected actors to appear on the series this season and we hear her upcoming episode may raise some eyebrows.
Nia talks about her character, Tamara:
“The very first time you meet her, she talks about how she’s been out of the game raising children. She’s a wife. And coming back into the game she wants to have some sort of integrity for herself. When you look at the characters on House of Lies, they are all very twisted. They are not what they seem. They’re back stabbing. They’re just ugly people, not nice people. They go for theirs. I think Tamara’s approach to things isn’t that way. She has a different way of getting what she wants.”
On what it’s like working with Don Cheadle:
AH-MAZ-ING! He is probably my new favorite person right now. At first I was so intimidated and nervous and I never get that way. I don’t know what it was about him. I don’t know what it was that made me feel that way. I think it was me coming on to a show that’s already established. I’ve seen almost everything he’s done. I’ve always wanted to work with him. I really like him because he stays under the radar and does great work. He doesn’t care about the fanfare or the fame.
Don’t you just love her? It’ll be great to see her back to work. You can read the full interview on Essence.
Do you watch House of Lies?
The images of black people on television may start to change after all now that Pearlena Igbokwe will have something to do with it, on one channel at least. The veteran program executive has left Showtime after 20 years to join NBC as its new Executive Vice President of Drama Development.
Igbokwe will oversee the development of all of NBC’s dramas and report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke who said in a press release:
“Pearlena has forged an impressive track record over her successful career that has earned her the admiration of the creative community. She will bring a unique perspective to development that will help us reach our goal of once again making NBC the home of some of the best and most respected dramas on television.”
Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment,whom Igbokwe worked with for seven years at Showtime also sung her praises:
“Pearlena is hands-down one of the best creative executives I’ve ever worked with and I’m thrilled she is coming to NBC,” he said. “She will be instrumental in reinvigorating our drama slate and making the network a haven for the top creative people in our business.”
“Nurse Jackie” and “The Big C” are just two of the major network successes under Igbokwe’s belt. She was also instrumental in creating the “Soul Food” series and developed the pilot for the new upcoming Showtime series “Masters of Sex” starring Michael Sheen. Much is definitely expected of her as she fills the shoes left by Laura Lancaster and no doubt feels the pressure as the network struggles to develop a break-out drama with any longevity. Hopefully Igbokwe is up to task and will bring some black talent along for the ride as well.
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