Meagan Good to Direct Short Film “Thin, Like Me!” as part of BET Her’s “Her Stories” Franchise

Meagan Good is headed behind the camera…

BET Her and Tressa Smallwood of MegaMind Media have partnered to produce a short film to be directed by the 40-year-old part-Afro-Puerto Rican actress.

Meagan GoodPart of the third season of The Couch, the new short film centered on a black woman battling mental issues and follows her journey as she navigates through the ups and downs of dealing with their diagnosis.

Good directs Thin, Like Me!, an original film scripted by Ariel Driskell. It centers on a fitness model’s unhealthy relationship with food and body issues and comes to a head with her mother during the planning of her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.

Smallwood will serve as an executive producer on the project.

The drama will premiere in July for Minority Mental Health Month. It will be available under the BET HER “Her Stories” franchise—a platform to empower the next generation of Black women filmmakers through a curated selection of original movies and documentaries.

All films produced under the “Her Stories” franchise are written, directed, and produced by Black women who, through their stories, are bringing awareness to issues affecting the Black community like the impact of breast cancer, mental health struggles, and domestic violence.

“Even though I’ve licensed films to BET previously, being chosen for the third year in a row to produce these crucial initiatives and expand the series with all African-American women in front of and behind the camera exclusively for BET Her is such an honor,” Smallwood said in a statement.

Added Lorisa Bates, VP, Content Strategy, Co-Productions & Multiplatform at BET, “BET Her is dedicated to telling stories that support and celebrate Black women in front of and behind the camera as well as bringing awareness to important issues directly affecting the Black community. We are proud to be the platform for these powerful stories and the work that our female talent has put into these projects that are ever so timely. Partnering with Tressa, BET Her hopes to educate and empower our audience by continuing to provide a platform for women filmmakers who are trailblazers in the industry.”

Amazon Studios Renews Meagan Good’s Comedy “Harlem” for Second Season

Meagan Good isn’t leaving Harlem anytime soon…

Amazon Studios has renewed Tracy Oliver’s comedy Harlem, starring the 40-year-old part-Afro-Puerto Rican actress, for a second season.

Meagan Good, HarlemThe Prime Video series hails from Amazon StudiosAmy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions and Universal Television, where Poehler is under a deal.

Created, written, and executive produced by Oliver, Harlem follows four stylish and ambitious best girlfriends in Harlem, the mecca of Black culture in America. Camille (Good) is a popular young anthropology professor at Columbia University who has an extensive knowledge of the dating norms of many cultures but has a hard time navigating her own love life. Tye (Jerrie Johnson) is the successful creator of queer dating app who prefers keeping vulnerability — and romantic partners — at arm’s length. Quinn (Grace Byers) is a hopeless romantic and trust-fund fashion designer trying to give back to the world while running a struggling business. Angie (Shoniqua Shandai) is a confident, vibrant and filter-free singer and actress who also lives rent-free and fabulously with Quinn. Together, they level up from their 20s into the next phase of their careers, relationships and big-city dreams.

Meagan Good, HarlemSeason 2 will return with its core group of four ambitious girlfriends, continuing to level up in New York’s vibrant Harlem.

Harlem sparked social media buzz when it premiered late last year, with much of the conversation centered on celebrating the series for highlighting Black joy. Harlem has since scored a GLAAD Award nomination for its inclusive LGBTQIA+ storyline featuring a queer character in one of the lead roles, as well as an NAACP Award nomination for its authentic representation of Black culture.

“When I walked into a bar in Harlem and overheard folks excitedly discussing the show, I knew we had a hit,” said Oliver. “Harlem has resonated with so many people, and I’m beyond grateful to Amazon for giving it a second season. Most of all, I’m excited to reunite with the beautiful cast.”

“Culturally relevant, critically acclaimed and hysterical, Harlem and Tracy Oliver accomplished something very special with the first season of this show,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios. “Tackling real-life strife with levity and laughs, the show means so much to our global Prime Video customers and perfectly fits the types of stories we aim to tell. We look forward to following the Season 2 journey of Camille, Quinn, Angie and Tye and giving fans more reasons to laugh out loud as they cheer on these four dynamic Black women doing it their way.”

Xavier Avila to Star in AllBlk’s Upcoming Dating Dramedy Series “À La Carte”

Xavier Avila is ordering a la carte

The Afro-Latino American actor has joined the cast of AllBlk’s upcoming dating dramedy À La Carte.

Xavier AvilaAvila joins a cast that includes Daniel Augustin, Nazanin Mandi, Mike Merrill and Juan Gil.

The series, which hails from Breanna Hogan and executive producers Dijon Talton and Meagan Good, also stars Pauline Dyer, Jessie Woo, Kendall Kyndall, Jenna Nolen and Courtney Burrell.

Created by Hogan, the series follows Mahogany Rose (Dyer), an overachiever in her 20’s who’s had high moral standards her entire life…until now. After adopting a more “liberal” approach to sex and dating, she finally lands the man of her dreams, Kaleb (Burrell). There’s just one problem. He’s already spoken for. Accustomed to being number one, Mahogany must decide if she will stick to her preference of being the one and only – or step out of her comfort zone and learn to play number two.

Gil will recur as Derek, an Instagram model and fitness trainer with a secret OnlyFans account. A good guy at heart, Derek is handsome, charismatic, and has no problem juggling several women at a time – his girlfriend included. The true definition of a “f*** boy,” Derrick becomes Mahogany’s “side chick sensei,” there to guide her with information and provide plenty of insight on why men cheat.

Avila will play the role of Ziyad, a smart young lawyer at a large Los Angeles law firm who just happens to be gay. Not one to get caught up in the hype of Hollywood or his profession, Ziyad is practical, ambitious, and has a genuine desire to help people – all character traits that make him very appealing to Mahogany’s moral compass, Reign (Kyndall).

The series, which is currently in production, is slated to premiere in spring 2022

À La Carte is directed and executive produced by Talton and The Talton Company. Hogan and Good serve as executive producers on the series.

AMC Networks’ Streaming Service AllBlk Gives Series Order to Meagan Good’s “A La Carte”

Meagan Good is ordering a la carte

AMC Networks’ streaming service AllBlk has given a series order to millennial dating dramedy À La Carte, executive produced by the 40-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress.

Meagan Good

The series hails from Breanna Hogan and executive producers Dijon Talton and Good.

The series follows one girl’s journey to the last place she ever thought she would end up…on the side. It’s been described as a cross between Sex & The City, Girlfriends and Insecure.

The six-episode show is centered around Mahogany Rose, an overachiever in her 20’s who’s had high moral standards her entire life… until now. After adopting a more ‘liberal’ approach to sex and dating, she finally lands the man of her dreams, Kaleb. There’s just one problem. He’s already spoken for. Accustomed to being number one, Mahogany must decide if she will stick to her preference of being the one and only – or step out of her comfort zone and learn to play number two.

It was created, written and exec produced by Hogan, with Talton, who starred as Matt Rutherford on Glee, directing and exec producing via his The Talton Company.

Good, who has starred in series like Minority Report and Star and had a recurring role on Prodigal Son, will also executive produce alongside Katrina Y. Nelson (Lace) and Christopher O’Conner, who will produce for Prodigi Arts Entertainment. Angela White will serve as producer. General Manager, Brett Dismuke, and SVP of Development & Production, Nikki Love will serve as executive producers for AllBlk.

Casting is currently underway with production set to begin in mid-November.

“AllBlk has had an exciting year of premieres, and 2022 is gearing up to be just as exciting, if not more so,” said Brett Dismuke, General Manager of AllBlk & WEtv. “Tales of the dating scene today are ripe for great storytelling, and the plot of À La Carte is a tale that is sure to ignite passionate conversations and fiery debates among friend circles everywhere.”

Talton added, “We are so excited to have À La Carte as our first production at the newly formed, The Talton Company. À La Carte is full of young, beautiful, bold, and nuanced Black characters who are funny, flawed, and on an intimate journey to figure out their lives. It’s the revolutionary act of just existing in Black love and joy for an age group of friends that often goes underserved in Hollywood. We couldn’t be prouder and more excited to partner with AllBlk on bringing this special gem to life.”

Amanda Tavarez to Star in OWN’s Original Holiday Movie “First Christmas”

Amanda Tavarez is ready for her OWN Christmas

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has expanded its holiday season programming with the new original holiday movie First Christmas, starring the Dominican American actress.

Amanda Tavarez

First Christmas, which also stars Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart, will premiere on Tuesday, December 22. The movie joins the previously announced Our OWN Christmas gospel music special hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, which airs on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing receives the blessing of a lifetime when she’s invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family. Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Tavarez) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be. 

First Christmas is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films.

Tavarez’s previous credits include Queen Sugar, Dynasty, Cake: The Series and The Resident.

Meagan Good to Direct & Star in the Indie Film “If Not Now”

Meagan Good is ready to pull double duty…

The 36-year-old part Puerto Rican actress will star in and direct the indie film If Not Now.

Meagan Good

The film will serve as the directorial debut for Goodand Tamara Bass.

In addition to Good and Bass, the film will also star Mekia Cox and Meagan Holder.

Written by Bass, the plot, described as a story of sisterhood and camaraderie, centers around four friends — Good, Cox, Holder, and Bass — who met while in high school and are bonded by an event that happens. Fifteen years later, they are suddenly forced to all come back together when one of them faces a crisis.

Valarie Pettiford, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Schmid, McKinley Freeman, Niles Fitch, Todd Williams and newcomer Lexi Underwood co-star in the pic which is slated to begin filming this month in LA.

Good, who recently starred in the Sundance Film Festival pic, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream, is producing the film with Bass under their Krazy Actress Productions banner.

Meagan Good’s “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.” to Have Its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

Meagan Good has her NEXT project all set for viewing…

Qasim Basir’s third feature film A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., starring the 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress, will have its world premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section.

Meagan Good

In addition to Good, the drama also stars Power‘s Omari Hardwick.

It’s the story of two people who meet in Los Angeles on the night Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.

Hardwick is Cass, a USC grad stalled in his career, and Good is Frida, a visitor in town who is in the middle of a tough breakup. Their meeting is set with Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a backdrop, and they soon discover nothing will ever be the same.

The film also stars Jay Ellis, Kenya Barris, Dijon Talton and Wesley Jonathan. Basir co-wrote the script with Samantha Tanner, and Gook‘s Datari Turner is producer.

Valderrama’s “Minority Report” Receives “Most Exciting New Series” Honor

It looks like Wilmer Valderrama is one of the minorities to watch next season…

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category, including Fox’s drama pilot Minority Report, starring the 35-year-old Colombian and Venezuelan American actor.

Wilmer Valderrama

In addition to Valderrama’s Minority Report, which also stars Meagan Good, the honorees include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC),  The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime).

All are dramas except for comedy The Muppets and horror comedy Scream Queens, which stars  Lea Michele and Diego Boneta.

The honorees were chosen by BTJA members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1.

The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards will air live May 31 on A&E from the Beverly Hilton. Cat Deeley is hosting.