Meagan Good Lands Lead in NBC Drama Pilot Notorious

She plays an undercover detective and adds to the list of Black actors starring in drama pilots this TV season.

 

Posted: 03/22/2012 10:30 AM EDT
TV News, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kerry Washington, TV, Think Like A Man, Meagan Good

After 20-plus years of starring in countless quality film and television projects, Meagan Good is finally getting the small screen close-up that her career deserves.


Deadline is reporting that the 30-year-old actress has been cast as the star of the new NBC drama pilot Notorious. In the tradition of the glamorous nighttime soaps like Dynasty and Dallas, which ruled the TV airwaves in the '80s, Good will play a detective named Joanna Locasto. In the Notorious pilot, Joanna returns to the rich yet troubled family where she grew up as the housekeeper’s daughter and goes undercover to help solve the murder of a daughter in the family — her close friend from childhood.


It’s been a very busy time for Good. She’s currently completing a season-long arc portraying the character Kali on the hit Showtime series Californication and she will soon be seen on the big screen as Mya in the much-anticipated Think Like a Man, which also stars Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and Michael Ealy.


And after years of critics crying foul about the lack of Black actors starring on network TV, the casting of this season’s drama pilots promises to add plenty of color to the prime-time lineup across the dial.


While NBC has Good in Notorious, Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in FOX’s Guilty and Andre Braugher is the lead in ABC’s Last Resort. The CW has Amber Stevens starring in Joey Dakota and Jessica Lucas will headline Cult. And starting in April on ABC, Kerry Washington stars in the midseason drama series Scandal, created by show-creator titan Shonda Rhimes.


After decades of watching Black actors star in sitcoms, it would be great to see all of these strong drama pilots make it to series in the new television season.


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