Jada Pinkett Smith Lands Lead Role In New ABC Racial Drama ‘Murder Town’


Will Smith may serve as the patriarch of the Smith dynasty, but wife Jada Pinkett is no hausfrau.

Fresh from wrapping up a year-long stint on ‘Gotham,’ the seasoned actress will star as lead and executive producer on a new ABC pilot ‘Murder Town.’

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The series, which reportedly has a firm commitment from the network, sees Pinkett Smith play the role of a beautiful and complicated prosecutor who makes history as Wilmington, Delaware’s, first African-American district attorney.

There, she finds herself confronted by old loyalties and loves as well as a shocking revelation about her murdered husband and a polarizing, racially charged case that threatens to burn her and her city to the ground.

Interestingly, another network (A+E) is producing the show (a rare, but not uncommon practice) in partnership with Will and Jada’s Overbrook Entertainment.

ABC’s involvement with the series (which features a Black female lead) continues its trajectory of taking a head-on approach to bettering images of race in the modern media. Indeed, the channel houses shows such as ‘Scandal,’ ‘Black-Ish,’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ – a writer from which (Rob Fresco) has penned the script for ‘Murder Town.’

At the time of her ‘Gotham’ departure, Pinkett Smith said of future TV projects:

“[I’d] be down to [find] a character who makes me want to go to work everyday, but I’d absolutely do more television. I love the pace of television. TV is so different from movies because of the pace. I think that people who survive doing TV can survive anything.”

Will ‘Murder Town’ be ABC’s next big smash? On paper, at least, it seems rich in its potential. The concept is compelling. {Source}

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  1. Liam November 9, 2015

    It sounds good …I’m down for the series

  2. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy November 9, 2015

    It sounds very interesting… Let’s see what she’s got

  3. Ciah’s Turtle November 9, 2015

    I’m intrigued ! Will be watching

  4. RoyalBey November 9, 2015

    Man i still can’t believe they cancelled Hawthorne, that show was so good.. But i will be tuning in for this one!

  5. another bty day something ain’t wrong November 9, 2015

    Good for her and let see what she got the show should be interesting

  6. Truth November 9, 2015

    HawthoRNe was such an underrated show I really enjoyed it. Nada is terribly underrated as an actress I don’t think she has had her breakout role yet.

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