This Could Be Good! Oprah Developing Black Family Drama For HBO
Things must definitely be getting better at OWN because Oprah has been spending quite a lot of time working on a number of projects outside of her troubled cable network these days.
Most are already aware the queen of daytime talk has put her acting cap back on for a lead role in Lee Daniels’ new film “The Butler,” but Oprah is also ready to step behind the scenes and join the creative side of the team again too because according to The Hollywood Reporter Miss Winfrey is developing an interesting new drama for HBO.
The untitled project centers on a wealthy academic who has become the first black president of a prestigious liberal arts college. He and his family are thrust into national headlines, forcing them to present an idyllic public façade, all while engaging in agonizing personal battles and struggling with dark obsessions.
Sounds interesting right?
HR adds that Oprah signed a deal with HBO way back in 2008 to develop miniseries, movies, documentaries and scripted series for the network and it looks like things are finally coming to fruition with playwright Thomas Bradshaw being tapped to write and co-executive produce the one-hour project.
It goes without saying that it’s exciting to think about seeing more brown faces on-screen in scripted series. Between this effort and OWN’s ownership with Tyler Perry it’s clear Oprah is about putting black actors and actresses to work. Gotta love that.
What do you think about this HBO project idea?