Thursday Night Ratings: 11-05-2015

SLEEPY HOLLOW CANCELLEDWhile CBS’ The Big Bang Theory is always Thursday night’s highest rated show, it is ABC and their TGIT line-up that always comes out the night’s biggest winner.

Thanks to Shondaland and her trifecta of female-led shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder), ABC was once again able to top all other major networks in both viewership (8 million) and demo (2.1).
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Viola Davis’ Emmy Acceptance Speech… in Gif Format

“‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’

“That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.
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Black Actresses Win Big at the 2015 Emmys

Viola, Regina and Uzo Join a Short List of Black Actresses Who Have Won Emmys

VIOLA DAVIS WINS EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING ACRTESS IN A DRAMA SERIESViola Davis, Regina King and Uzo Aduba all won awards during last night’s 67th Annual Emmy telecast.

Viola walked away with one of the evening’s most prized statuettes: that for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. This is the fourth major award Davis has picked up for her portrayal of Annalise Keating on the ABC hit drama How to Get Away with Murder.
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What Happened to all the Black Female Leads?

Black Actresses May Not Be Making Strides in Hollywood After All

JILL MARIE JONES - WHERE DID ALL THE LEADS GORemember earlier this year when we were inundated on an almost daily basis with news of black actress after black actress being picked to lead or co-lead new shows this fall season? Well, now that promo for many of those shows have kicked off, I am starting to see a disturbing trend.

Back in May networks held their Upfront events where they attempt to convince advertisers to support their shows. It was then we got our first look at Quantico, a new police drama from ABC. The Hollywood Reporter, and many other sites, reported Aunjanue Ellis as having landed the Female Lead. However, one look at Quantico’s trailer shows that to be absolutely false.
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Jaime Lee Kirchner Nabs Lead Role in CW Pilot

Jaime Lee Kirchner - Dead People

Actress Jaime Lee Kirchner is the latest Brown Sista to secure a lead role during this very busy pilot season. According to published reports, Jaime will join Andrew J. West in the upcoming CW drama “Dead People,” which is the brainchild of writer/producer J.J. Abrams.

The show centers on West, a man whose brush with death yields unusual side effects, including the ability to now communicate with dead people, including his deceased wife.
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Anika Noni Rose Lands Lead Role in New CBS Pilot

ANIKA NONI ROSE FOR JUSTICE ON CBS

“Dreamgirls” actress, Anika Noni Rose, is the latest Brown Sista to secure an acting gig during this busy pilot season.

According to online reports, Anika will helm the new CBS civil rights drama “For Justice,” which is based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.” The pilot is being written by “Law & Order” alum Rene Belcher and lensed by Selma director Ava DuVernay.
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Aunjanue Ellis Nabs Lead Role in ‘Quantico’ Pilot

AUNJANUE ELLIS - QUANTICO (140x140)

Actress Aunjanue Ellis, who was recently seen in the BET mini-series “The Book of Negroes,” has landed the lead female role on the upcoming ABC drama Quantico.

The show revolves around a group of FBI recruits who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. Ellis will play the character of Miranda, the base’s director, who oversees the training of all new enlistees.
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Meagan Good Lands Lead Role in New Fox Pilot

MEAGAN GOOD MINORITY REPORT

Meagan Good has been quite the busy little bee this pilot season. As Deadline reported a few weeks ago, black actresses are in high demand this season and no one has been as highly sought after as “Think Like a Man” actress Meagan Good.

Despite her first foray as a lead on a network series ending in cancelation, Meagan’s services have continued to be in high demand, leading to several network bidding wars. Meagan was contractually obligated to NBC despite “Deception” being axed after one season. However, it appears Fox has stepped in and landed the actress for their female lead in the upcoming sci-fi drama “Minority Report.”
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