HBO Nixes Mike Tyson, FOX Okays Angela Bassett Pilot

HBO Nixes Mike Tyson, FOX Okays Angela Bassett Pilot

The cabler passes on Spike Lee’s Da Brick, but Angela Bassett stars in a FOX spy drama.

Published March 14, 2012

Despite Mike Tyson’s long and fruitful televised boxing match history with HBO, the pay network is not interested in doing business with the once storied champion, for now.


Deadline is reporting that the Spike Lee directed pilot Da Brick, inspired by Tyson’s youth, was not greenlit to series. The drama pilot starred newcomer John Boyega and sought to explore what it means to be a young Black man in post-racial America. Tyson, Lee and Entourage creator Doug Ellin all served as executive producers on the ill-fated project.


But Angela Bassett might get an opportunity to bring her acting chops back to the small screen.


The Jumping the Broom actress is set to star in an untitled FOX spy pilot about a CIA operative’s 14-year old daughter who encounters a mysterious rogue agent. Bassett will portray Alice Vargas, the calculating CIA political director who mentors the girl. Former Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon plays the agent.


Last March, Bassett had another pilot on the front burner, a drama about identity theft for ABC called Identity, that unfortunately never made it to series.


How great would it be to see Angela on a weekly basis on a TV near you? Here’s hoping she has much better luck this television season. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.



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Written by Ronke Idowu Reeves


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