Singer Jill Scott Tested for the Role of Olivia Pope?

JILL SCOTT AS OLIVIA POPE

Can You Imagine Jill Scott as Olivia Pope?

With the 100th episode of Scandal set to air this Thursday, cast and crew were recently brought together by the Hollywood Reporter to discuss what it took to bring the controversial political drama to network television. It was of course no shock to hear ABC wanted the part of Olivia Pope to be played by a white woman, despite the character being inspired by real-life African American political fixer Judy Smith. What was a bit shocking, however, were some of the names being thrown about to play Olivia once the network agreed to the casting of a black woman.
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Early Review: Nia Long in “Uncle Buck”

Nia Long Returns to TV in the ABC Comedy “Uncle Buck”

NIA LONG IN UNCLE BUCKNia Long fans will be pleased to hear the actress will be returning to network television next month when her new ABC comedy Uncle Buck officially makes its prime time debut. I recently got the opportunity to watch the pilot episode- and while Full House style comedies usually aren’t my thing- I found Uncle Buck mostly tolerable thanks to Nia and comedian Mike Epps.
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Preview Nia Long’s New ABC Comedy ‘Uncle Buck’

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Nia Long’s new ABC pilot “Uncle Buck” has officially been picked up by the network and will begin airing this fall alongside other family friendly comedies “The Real O’Neals” and “Black-Ish.”

“Uncle Buck” is a remake of the 1989 John Candy film of the same name and co-stars James Lesure and comedian Mike Epps in the title role.
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Nia Long Nabs Role in ‘Uncle Buck’ Remake

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Nia Long is the latest Brown Sista to book a gig this pilot season. According to published reports, the 44-year old actress will join comedian Mike Epps in the ABC remake of the John Candy film “Uncle Buck.”

Nia was last seen in the short-lived WeTV drama “The Divide,” which was unfortunately cancelled after its initial eight episode run last summer. Since then Nia’s been mostly a free agent, with IMDB showing her only upcoming role as that of Jordan in the third iteration of “The Best Man” franchise.
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Tracee Ellis Ross Talks ‘Black-ish’ with Elle

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s family comedy “Black-ish,” is featured in the February issue of Elle magazine, which celebrates 2015’s most note-worthy ‘Women in TV.’

Tracee, whose last television role was in the short lived BET comedy “Reed between the Lines,” says taking on the role of anesthesiologist Rainbow ‘Bow’ Johnson was a no-brainer, citing the opportunity to work alongside Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne as her main reason for taking the part when it was offered to her.
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