Empire and Mixed-ish bosses' new TV series gets big update

Amy West
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Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Mixed-ish showrunner Karen Gist are set to adapt Our Kind of People for the small screen, following the news that Fox has placed a series order for the new drama.

Based on Lawrence Otis Graham's book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, the show – which marks the network's first pick up for the 2021-2022 season – will centre on headstrong single mom Angela Vaughn, who vows to find success through her unique haircare line that highlights the beauty of Black women.

Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images
Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

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Her ambitious plans hit a snag though when she discovers a dark secret from her mother's past that rocks the community and turns her life upside down.

The series takes place in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, where the wealthy and powerful Black elite have gravitated towards for over 50 years.

The project has been in the works since 2017, when Station 19's Wendy Calhoun was attached. She ended up exiting in August 2019 though, and Gist was brought in as her replacement.

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Photo credit: Paul Zimmerman - Getty Images

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"Our Kind of People is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of black resilience and achievement – all daringly told by a team we've been eager to get back in business with," Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment, said in a statement (via The Wrap).

"There are no better storytellers than Karin Gist and Lee Daniels to bring Lawrence Otis Graham's seminal work to life," they added.

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