Saturday, March 07, 2009

Jill Scott is HBO's Newest Leading Lady

When it comes to singing, Jill Scott's bad (I mean that in the negroidian sense of the word). But can she carry a TV show? HBO thinks so. Jill is the star of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency", which premieres March 29th. According to Buzzsugar, the seven-episode series is an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's book series about the only female-run detective agency in Botswana. Jill plays that female and is supported by Anika Noni Rose, formerly of HBO's much-loved series "The Wire".

I was really excited when I read Buzzsugar's post on this, slightly less so after watching the video promo. Not that it looks awful, but it just doesn't look grab-you-from-get-great. It could just be one of those series you have to be immersed in to fully appreciate.

Still, I will watch because it's different. I'm always a proponent of television shows that strive to give us something other than another safe, cookie-cutter knockoff of what we've already been watching. Yes, that would be directed at you, NBC. You should be ashamed of yourselves. A pint-sized powerhouse of funny like Poehler deserves an original premise, not "Office" droppings. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, watch: