Palmer Williams, Jr.
Not only did news break a couple of weeks ago that Tyler Perry has managed to partner with Lionsgate for an eventual launch of a network, but we just discovered that actor/writer and director Perry will go on a national tour this fall with a new play he wrote and will direct titled The Haves and The Have Nots. He doesn’t act in this one though; strictly a behind the stage effort this time. The story follows the life of a wealthy family who have everything they need and most of what they want. The characters are often preoccupied with superficial things, until they are forced to become involved with their housekeeper. When the poverty stricken maid is forced to ask for help, the family gets a chance to see how the other half lives. While coming to the rescue of the needy, it soon becomes painfully clear, who is really in need of saving. It also stars Palmer Williams Jr. and a supporting cast of powerhouse singers, and comedians. The powerful stage play features brand new music written by Perry, and delivers enough laughs to keep audiences laughing for the rest of the year.
Isaiah Mustafa Maybe forever to be known as The Old Spice Guy, actor Isaiah Mustafa has signed on for a recurring role on ABC’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot. Mustafa will play a character named Detective Ray Goodson, described as “a hunky lawman who used to date Angel Kate (Annie Ilonzeh),” aka, the black Angel. Mustafa’s Detective Goodson will make his appearance on 4th episode of the series, with expected tension to likely continue throughout the series, for as long as he’s featured, between his character and black Angel Kate. ABC’s Charlie’s Angels premieres Thursday, September 22nd at 8/7 PM.
We just discovered that actress Debbie Allen will soon appear as Catherine Avery, mother of Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Allen, who has previously directed three installments of the medical drama, will also direct a midseason episode. Since her role in the 1980s series Fame as the character Lydia Grant, Allen has become a legendary dancer, choreographer, actor and director. As of late, she has directed such series as Hellcats, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, and All of Us, among others. Grey’s returns for its eighth season on Thursday, Sept. 22 on ABC.