Happy First Day of September, #ScribeTribe! It is birth month here at FTS which means we’re getting closer to fall breezes, changing leaves and *drumroll* OUR 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! As such, we are excited to continue to make For The Scribes as best of a resource and safe space serving writers of color and queer writers as possible. Providing writing enthusiasts with news, advice, and culture catered to their needs, we hope to continue to honor our motto: “Writers, you are home.” With that, we’re starting the month off with some visual inspiration via screenwriting coming soon to a TV or computer screen near you. Without further ado, here are 5 new series that we’re excited to see premiering this Fall.
1. Queen Sugar
A series inspired by the debut novel of the same name from author Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar tells the story of the Bordelon siblings trying to run an ailing sugarcane farm after a family tragedy in the Deep South. Set in Saint Josephine, Louisiana, the series chronicles the complex lives of Nova, a world-wide journalist and activist, Charlie, the business savvy wifeager of an NBA star, and Ralph Angel, a formerly incarcerated young father hoping to redeem himself. Premiering on OWN in a two-night event on September 6 and 7, each episode is brought to you by women directors, including the acclaimed Ava DuVernay, and is executive produced by DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey.
2. Marvel’s Luke Cage
A live-action series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Luke Cage focuses on the triumphs of the Harlem street-fighting super hero badass played by actor Mike Colter. Based on the Marvel Comics character created by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska, first appearing in 1972, viewers may remember him from a recurring role in the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. With an official trailer full of nothing but blackness and cameos from the likes of Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard and Simone Missick, better known as the series’ Misty Knight, Luke Cage is set to whip ass on Netflix with the entire season premiering on September 30.
An all-new series brought to you by Crazy, Stupid Love‘s Dan Fogelman and American Dad‘s Rick Singer, PITCH shares the fictional account of a young pitcher that becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Played by actor Kylie Bunbury, rookie Ginny Baker is a young, black woman chosen to pitch for the San Diego Padres and is instantly hurled under the spotlight of fame. As the newest and most important figure in sports since Jackie Robinson to break into one of America’s oldest boys club, otherwise known as the Majors, Baker is learning to make ground in the complicated world of pro athletics. A story that we’re waiting to see come true sooner than later, Ginny and her famous screwball take the mound in PITCH on Thursday, September 22, premiering on FOX.
Coming to you by way of actor, musician and executive producer Donald Glover with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle, Atlanta highlights the notable ATL music scene. Depicting two cousins making moves on a rising rap act, Glover’s character wants in on the local Georgia talent Paper Boy. Black, awkward, nerdy, and beautifully shot, we’re liking what we’ve seen so far. Be sure to tune into the premiere of Atlanta on FX on September 6.
She’s just the awkward black girl singing the song… Meet Issa–not so confident, not so brave, not so sure about herself, but winging it anyway. Figuring out just how to make sense of the world in her career, love life, friendships, and every experience in between, Issa, played by the talented Issa Rae, is just wanting to be “that person.” If you’ve been on YouTube and haven’t been under living under a rock, chances are that you know of Rae via The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl and that we at FTS have been waiting for this HBO semi-autobiographical gem since last year. Produced in part with Larry Wilmore and starring Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, in Rae’s own words in her TIME Magazine interview, this “is not the quintessential black woman experience.” Insecure stumbles onto TV screens on October 9 of this year at 10:30 pm.
The end of summer can be rough–back to school things, transitioning to from t-shirts to sweaters, less daylight hours, the likes. But, that shouldn’t stop the flow of creativity for you or mean that the end of summer is the death of all things good and freeing. We hope that you stay as vibrant as you have throughout the rest of the summer and join us in watching these promising new shows this fall. Happy September, writers! May it be full of promises and new beginnings! All light, all love.